Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, the college chancellor, sought recommendations from faculty and staff before identifying Brother Norman as "a primary candidate" among several monks with academic experience, the archabbot said.
Among the most compelling reasons to choose Brother Norman was his
lead role in planning the biggest project in the school's history, a $39 million science pavilion, whose first phase is due to open in the fall, he
Brother Norman, a native of Carrolltown, north of Johnstown, didn't pursue ordination as a priest, although he has the required background in philosophy and theology.
He earned a doctorate in mathematics from Northwestern University in 1976 and has served St. Vincent College in roles including campus minister, math professor, provost and academic dean.
In prepared remarks, Brother Norman spoke of major projects he
was inheriting, including the development of a new master plan for the campus.
closed with a promise of cooperation with the board, faculty, staff and students.
"We will continue to prosper by working together," he
In an interview, he
acknowledged that there were tensions on campus, attributing them to many changes that had taken place at the school as it grew over the past decade.
"We're in a better place now than we were 10 years ago.
Tension can be creative," he
acknowledged that he
was taking the helm in the worst financial climate academia has ever experienced.
has always worked hard to make the most of what we have," he
named fundraising as his
"It's essential that we keep education affordable.
We will work hard to make sure financial aid is available for students," he