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albertus newpresMarc M. Camille, newly appointed president of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, gathers with leaders from the college at a reception following the announcement of his presidency on March 20. With him, from left, are Julia M. McNamara, past president, who served the college for 34 years; Dominican Sister Anne Kilbride, interim president and Dominican Sister Patricia Twohill, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

NEW HAVEN — Albertus Magnus College has named Marc M. Camille as the college’s first new president in 35 years, effective June 30, making him the 14th president of the college. Camille currently serves as vice president for enrollment management and communications at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.

“I am drawn to Albertus Magnus College’s distinctive Catholic, Dominican mission and its student-centered focus,” said president-elect Camille in a news release. “The college's history of offering innovative liberal arts and professionally focused undergraduate and graduate programs …  aligns with my personal and professional passions and experiences.”

The college made the announcement at a March 20 press conference and reception attended by students, faculty, members of the board of trustees and sisters from the Dominican Sisters of the Springs, the order that sponsors Albertus Magnus College.

“I believe that there is such a strong history of leadership and innovation here that we can build upon to align with marketing opportunities,” Camille told the Catholic Transcript. “A liberal arts education has never been more relevant … for students to be adept and nimble in their choice of careers.”

Dominican Sister Anne Kilbride has served as interim president since the June 2016 retirement of Julia M. McNamara after 34 years of service. Dr. McNamara, who attended the announcement ceremonies, is the college’s longest-serving president. 

Camille, 49, brings 28 years of experience serving at private and Catholic institutions to his new position.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Rollins College in Florida, a Master of Arts degree in liberal studies from the University of Miami in Florida and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the relationship between institutional religious affiliation and the achievements of college students exposed to a quality educational experience found in deep learning and student engagement.

Before joining the Jesuit-based Loyola University Maryland 11 years ago, Camille served as the dean of admission and financial aid for Xavier University in Ohio, and also had worked for the University of Miami and Mount Ida College in Massachusetts. 

According to the news release, he brings expertise in enrollment management and marketing to the position, as well as diverse experience in mission-driven institutional leadership that includes strategic planning, advancement and fundraising, new academic program research, intercollegiate athletics and institutional accreditation. 

Born in Gloucester, Mass., Camille was raised in Portsmouth, N.H, and has two children, Katie, 20, and Ryan, 18. 

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alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.