Cresson, Pa. — Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley announced that Patricia Sodano Ireland, Ph.D., Dean of Undergraduate Students at Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine, will serve as the College’s Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. Dr. Ireland has served as Dean at Saint Joseph’s College since 2014. She also served as the Director of Online Theology Programs and as a Theology Professor from 2012. She will join the Mount Aloysius College community on July 1st.
Mount Aloysius President Tom Foley congratulated staff and faculty at the College who were involved in a national search for the position. “The title of Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost is the highest academic position at the College,” said President Foley. “The Mount Aloysius community is fortunate to have attracted an academic professional of Patricia Ireland’s stature and everyone is looking forward to her arrival to campus on July 1st. Reviewing her accomplishments as an academic, an administrator, and as a humanitarian — it is clear that we found someone who is committed to optimizing educational quality and access, and to bettering our world.”
Doctor Patricia Ireland earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Sociology, and the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College, Boston, Mass. She earned a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Mass., and her Master of Philosophy and Doctorate in Theology from Drew University, Madison, N.J.
In addition to Saint Joseph’s College, Dr. Ireland has taught at Dominican College, Orangeburg, N.Y., Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa.; Assumption College for Sisters, Mendhum, N.J.; Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. She also served as Coordinator of Education and Ministries at Princeton University’s Aquinas Institute.
A prolific writer and teacher, Doctor Ireland’s bibliography lists eight presentations on a variety of topics including: Humility in the Life of Mother Teresa, Vatican II and the Laity and The Spiritual Life in the New Evangelization. Her publications include Guardian of a Pure Heart: St. Augustine on the Path to Heaven, and “Open Forum: Pastoral Confession,” among others.
Dr. Ireland founded the Catholic Volunteers of Africa in 2009. The organization developed volunteer service programs for college-age students in a variety of communities on the African Continent.
Mount Aloysius College was recently named one of 100 Best Value College’s in the US. It is also a College of Distinction, A Pennsylvania College of Distinction and three separate academic areas of Mount Aloysius—Business, Education and Nursing—have also earned College of Distinction status. Mount Aloysius was named one of four colleges deemed “an engine of opportunity” in a White House Report.
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