Today’s news:

Changing of the guard at St. Francis College

After almost 40 years in the banking industry, Chairman and CEO of Metro New York/New Jersey Division of Sovereign Bancorp, Brendan J. Dugan ’68, is joining the world of higher education; becoming the 18th president of St. Francis College, effective July 1.

Outgoing President Frank J. Macchiarola ’62 is stepping down after 12 years leading his alma mater. “I can honestly say that for every moment of my 12 years here, I have loved being president of this college,” said Macchiarola who graduated from St. Francis in 1962.

“There’s no one better qualified to fill the shoes of President Macchiarola,” said Leonard Conway, OSF ’71, vice chairman of the St. Francis College Board of Trustees.

“He’s an alumnus of the school and has been a very active member of the St. Francis Board for 12 years. Our alumni, faculty, staff and most importantly our students, will see an almost seamless transition when Mr. Dugan officially comes on board.”

Born and raised in Brooklyn and still residing in Carroll Gardens, Dugan has always channeled his energy towards community service.

He has helped raise millions of dollars for numerous local organizations like the Brooklyn Children’s Library, the Anti Defamation League of B’Nai Brith and The Boy Scouts of America.

Dugan was also a long time member of the board at Good Shepherd Services, involved in many fundraisers including the committee responsible for building the Good Shepherd Services Center which houses South Brooklyn Community High School; a school focused on educating former High School Dropouts.

St. Francis College is located at 180 Remsen Street.

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