Following a comprehensive national search, Le Moyne College has selected Joseph G. Marina of the Society of Jesus as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs. He will start in his new role as the College's chief academic officer on Aug. 1, 2016.

"I am honored to have been selected as provost at Le Moyne College, an institution that I truly love," said Father Marina. "I have devoted my professional life to the organizational improvement of schools, the advancement of teaching and learning, and the personal success of students, faculty, and staff. My experience, particularly by serving in various trusteeships, has helped me stay current with many of the opportunities, trends, and challenges in higher education today. In addition, my work as a Jesuit has added a profound dimension to my role as an educator."

"Father Marina brings to Le Moyne a strong and impressive array of academic experiences and credentials, and I’m particularly excited by his ability to convey the enduring importance of a liberal arts education, highlighted in our college core curriculum, at a time when some have challenged its value and relevance," said President Linda LeMura. "The breadth and depth of his background are extraordinary; he has spent time as an administrator, teacher, trustee and student at institutions that are among the strongest liberal arts traditions in this country, including Boston College, Providence College, Fordham University, St. John's University and Le Moyne College. His versatility, Jesuit training, eloquence and knowledge of Le Moyne will benefit the College significantly, particularly in the areas of admissions and fundraising. Further, his tone and temperament will help advance collaborative governance at Le Moyne." She added that Father Marina was sought after by four other Jesuit universities and was missioned to Le Moyne after a thorough discernment process with his superiors.

His experience includes working as the dean of the School of Continuing Education at Providence College, associate provost and interim chair of the Department of Education at Le Moyne College, assistant dean for the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University, and assistant dean for Metropolitan College at St. John's University. He also taught at both Providence (as a special lecturer in religious studies) and St. John's (as an instructor of mathematics). For the past three years, he has served as pastor at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City.

Father Marina currently serves as a trustee with Regis University and Le Moyne College, and previously was on the boards of both Canisius College and Xavier High School. His service at Regis, Canisius, and Le Moyne includes membership on the academic affairs committees at each institution.

Father Marina holds a Doctor of Philosophy in administration and supervision from Fordham University, and three master's degrees -- a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theology (both from Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry), and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from St. John's University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences, with a theology minor, at St. John's. His research interests include leadership and organizational change, and, in area of theology, scripture and the problem of non-belief. He entered the Society of Jesus in 2004 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2012.

President LeMura noted that Father Marina was selected from a strong pool of candidates and after consultation with faculty, student government leadership, members of the Board of Trustees, vice presidents, and the College's three deans. He replaces Dr. Thomas Brockelman, who has served as interim provost since 2014. "I would like to thank Dr. Brockelman for his dedication and hard work as interim provost; he has been a wonderful colleague and someone I have relied on extensively," she said.