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Stonehill College’s new president, Fr. John Denning, has ties to Bridgewater State. The Rhode Island native served as a campus minister at the Catholic Center from 1997 to 2000.
He moved on to Stonehill, which is located in Easton, after leaving Bridgewater to become director of campus ministry.
Rev. Denning is the college’s tenth president. He will assume the office on July 1, as Rev. Mark T. Cregan ’78, C.S.C. steps down after 13 successful years of leading the 65-year-old Catholic liberal arts college.
Fr. Denning, 53, said, “I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to lead Stonehill. I believe in the wonderful story of this College. Its mission provides each student with a learning experience that transcends the classroom for the good of the broader community and fosters a hunger to build a more just and compassionate world.”
Since 2007, Fr. Denning has guided Stonehill’s Student Affairs Division, collaborating with others on campus to ensure that a culture of learning permeates all areas of College life. Prior to that, he served as the College’s first Vice President for Mission, establishing that division and launching initiatives to enhance Catholic identity at the College. Fr. Denning began his service at the College in 2000 as its Director of Campus Ministry. (Courtesy of Stonehill College)