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Biography of Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM

Rev. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM
President of Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York
President Emeritus, Siena College, Loudonville, New York

The Rev. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, began his service as the fifth President of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, on June 30, 2008. Among early accomplishments, he facilitated a five-year strategic plan with benchmarks; oversaw the successful conclusion of a $10 + million capital campaign, including a $600,000 Kresge grant; initiated four major capital projects (dining hall reconstruction; residence hall reconstruction; turf field/tennis courts; purchase of the Dominican Center properties); and added 17 new faculty, including a new chair of business.

He has served as a Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (2005-2011), and a member of the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group (2010-2012), and also presently serves as: a Trustee for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York State; member of the Advisory Committee to the Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education (Boston College), member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce; chair of the Skyline Athletic Conference; member of the Board of Directors of Pattern for Progress in the lower Hudson River Valley; member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Newburgh Partnership; and member of the Board of Directors of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center, Inc.

A priest in the Order of Friars Minor, Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Rev. Mackin was born in Brooklyn, NY. He first served at Siena College during the 1970s, as an assistant and associate professor of religious studies, chairman of the department and guardian (leader) of its 50 member Franciscan community.

In 1982, he was appointed president-rector of Christ the King Seminary, a graduate theological school in East Aurora, NY. During his tenure there, he chaired the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.

Rev. Mackin was assigned in 1988 to direct development and public relations for the Franciscans of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, based in New York City. He held a number of positions in the province, including member of the Board of Directors and education chairman.

Rev. Mackin has pursued his religious and professional education throughout his career. He originally earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s in history from Siena College, and holds four credentials from 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 cum laude. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, completed courses in fund raising at the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, and the Institute for Charitable Giving, and also studied at the Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano in Mexico City, Mexico; Laval University in Quebec City, Canada; Georgetown University in Washington, DC; and the World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland.

Rev. Mackin has lectured on a variety of subjects, including the Bible, Christian theology, contemporary Catholic and Protestant thought and the Gospels. His writings include the book In Search of the Authentic Christian Tradition, 1976. He has also given presentations to evaluation teams regarding accreditation of colleges and universities, and at workshops for area fundraisers. He co-hosted a weekly radio program for the Franciscans in markets in three states, and did radio programs for Siena College, broadcast in New York’s Capital Region and on the Internet.

Rev. Mackin was the ninth president of Siena College from June 1, 1996 to May 31, 2007 and was appointed President Emeritus there by the Board of Trustees. During Rev. Mackin’s tenure, Siena College reached unprecedented growth in its offerings, with several state-of-the-art additions: including the Standish Library, Sarazen Student Union, Key Auditorium, Serra Dining Hall, Morrell Science Center and a synthetic turf field. The College substantially increased technology, e.g., the Hickey Financial Technology Center. Siena created a college-wide honors program, with 25 major fields of study, including Biochemistry, Creative Arts, and Computational Science. Other newsmaker programs included Siena’s excellent Pre-Law program, undergraduate nanotechnology courses, a Globalization Studies Program, Broadcast Studies and the Center for the Study of Government and Politics. The endowment grew from $80 million to over $130 million.

Rev. Mackin has served on various national, diocesan, Franciscan and educational committees, including reaccreditation teams and papal visitation teams in the United States. He served as a Commissioner of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an organization that accredits more than 500 colleges and universities. He also served on the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, an organization of over 200 institutions that promotes and strengthens the mission and character of higher education in the United States.

He chaired the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Council of Presidents, and belongs to the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges & Universities. In the State of New York, he once again serves as a Trustee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.

He was a member of the board of directors of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce, and the advisory board for KeyBank National Association's Capital Region district. He shepherded Siena’s membership in the Center for Economic Growth, and other associations.

He is affiliated with the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. He has appeared in the International WHO’S WHO of Professionals.

Rev. Mackin has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Monsignor Burns Memorial Award (2008), the Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame Award (2007), The State of New York Legislative Resolution Honor (Senate No. 2243) adopted in Senate on May 15, 2007, The Department of the Army's Commander's Award for Public Service (2007), The Marketer Executive Citizen Award of Eastern New York (2006), The Teresian Community Service Award (2005), The Dr. James M. Bell Humanitarian Award (2003) and Irish Education 100 (2010, 2011).