Mount president named an Irish 100 Top Educator

December 16, 2011

Newburgh, NY -

Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, has again been named an Irish Education Top 100 honoree.

The list, compiled by the Irish Voice newspaper, highlights top educators in America and the long standing Irish commitment to excellence in education.

“I humbly accept this honor,” said Fr. Mackin, “on behalf of fellow educators at Mount Saint Mary College, and in memory of my parents.”

Fr. Mackin, who was inaugurated president of the college overlooking the Hudson River in 2008, traces his roots to County Mayo, where his parents were born, and to County Galway, where his father grew up. Martin and Margaret met in Brooklyn, New York, married, and had four children including Kevin.

Pursuing religious and professional education throughout his life, Fr. Mackin previously served as president of Siena College in Loudonville, New York for 11 years, and also was a professor of religious studies, a practice he continues at Mount Saint Mary College.

While in New York’s Capitol region, he was active on the board of directors of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce, and with other associations, including the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

A Franciscan priest in the Order of Friars Minor, Fr. Mackin earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University, a master’s degree in history from Siena College, and a doctorate in sacred theology cum laude and three other credentials from The Catholic University of America. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, and studied at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and the World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland.

From 1988 to 1996, he was director of development for the Franciscans of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, based in New York City. His many other roles for the province have included education chairman.

Fr. Mackin has served on various national, diocesan, and educational committees. He was recently elected to the board of trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York State, for a three year term (2011-14). He is a commissioner of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the organization that accredits more than 500 colleges and universities. He belongs to the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges & Universities.

He also served on the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, with over 200 institutions. He formerly chaired the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and was a trustee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York State.

In the Newburgh, New York area, he serves on the Orange County Chamber of Commerce Board and the Pattern for Progress Board. He continues to serve as chair of the Skyline Athletic Conference, and is also on the board of directors of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center and the Greater Newburgh Partnership.

Fr. Mackin has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Monsignor Burns Memorial Award, The Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame Award, and The State of New York Legislative Resolution Honor (Senate No. 2243) adopted on May 15, 2007.