Newburgh, N.Y., College Names Kevin Mackin President

HNP Communications Features

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — Mount Saint Mary College here has appointed Kevin Mackin, OFM, former president of Siena College, as its new president. Kevin will succeed Sr. Ann Sakac, OP, who will retire June 30 after 31 years. Kevin begins on July 1. 

“I am delighted to serve as president of Mount Saint Mary College,” said Kevin, who was president of Siena College from 1996 to 2007. “I look forward to working with the Mount Saint Mary College family to advance the college’s mission in the Dominican tradition.”

The trustees also approved the rank of professor of religious studies for Kevin.

A Brooklyn native, Kevin started his higher education career at Siena during the 1970s, as a professor of religious studies, chair of the Department of Religious Studies and leader of the Franciscan community.     

In 1982, he was appointed president-rector of Christ the King Seminary, a graduate theological school in East Aurora. During his tenure, he chaired the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association in Washington, D.C.  From 1988 to 1996, he directed development for Holy Name Province.

An Impressive Education

Kevin has continued religious and professional education throughout his life. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s in history from Siena. He holds four credentials from The Catholic University of America: a bachelor’s degree in sacred theology, a master’s in religious education, a licentiate of sacred theology, and a doctorate in sacred theology.

He is an alumnus of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education and completed courses in fundraising at the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, and the
Institute for Charitable Giving. He has also studied at the Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano in Mexico City; Laval University in Quebec City; Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.; and the World Council of Churches in Geneva.

During Kevin’s tenure, Siena College reached unprecedented growth in its offerings and added a number of facilities, including the Standish Library, the Sarazen Student Union, the Morrell Science Center and a synthetic turf field. Siena has substantially increased technology and established the Hickey Financial Technology Center. The endowment grew to more than $130 million from $80 million. 

National Recognition

Kevin has served on a variety of national, diocesan, Franciscan and educational committees, including re-accreditation teams and papal visitation teams. He is a commissioner of the Middle States Commission on
Higher Education, which accredits more than 500 colleges and universities. He has also served on the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, an organization of more than 200 institutions  that promotes and strengthens the mission and character of higher education.

He chaired the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Council of Presidents, and belonged to the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities. He was a trustee of New York State’s Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.

Mount St. Mary College has first-rate programs,” Kevin said, “from education and communication arts, to science and nursing, to  business; first -rate people (students, faculty, trustees, staff and alums who focus on leadership and service) and first-rate facilities. It is a pleasure for me to build on this Dominican/Franciscan relationship that goes back to the times of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Dominic.”