Taylor named new top academic administrator at Benedictine
April 16, 2008
Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
President William J. Carroll has announced that Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Science at Benedictine University, has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“I am excited by the opportunity to lead our faculty who are strongly committed to excellence in liberal arts and science, graduate and professional education,” Taylor said. “I care deeply about Benedictine University, our students, faculty, staff and alumni.
“I look forward to working with the community to help Benedictine maximize its incredible potential,” He added.
Carroll served as acting provost during an eight-month period in which a committee of faculty, administrators and board members conducted the search to replace Daniel Julius, Ph.D., who left the University to assume the duties of vice president for academic affairs for the University of Alaska’s 16-campus system.
“Dr. Taylor brings energy, dedication and a sincere and honest concern for Benedictine to this position,” Carroll said. “Throughout his 16 years at Benedictine, first as a faculty member and most recently as dean, he has exhibited the utmost desire to help the University, its faculty, staff and students achieve their potential.
“There is no better individual to guide Benedictine University’s academic programs,” Carroll added. “Dr. Taylor’s integrity, leadership and passion will serve Benedictine well now and into the future.”
Taylor earned a bachelor of science in secondary education and a doctorate in cell and molecular biology from Memphis State University. He began his tenure at Benedictine University (then Illinois Benedictine College) in 1992 as an assistant professor and coordinator of the molecular biology program.
In 1995, Taylor was promoted to associate professor and two years later was named the William M. Scholl Endowed Professor in Health Sciences. Taylor was named a full professor in 2000, served as chair of the Department of Biology from 2002-2005 and was named dean of the College of Science in 2005.
“I strongly ascribe to the notion that a key role of the Provost is to secure the necessary resources to hire, mentor, evaluate and promote the highest quality faculty possible,” Taylor said. “Our students deserve nothing less. I also believe strongly in securing the necessary resources to move our academic programs to a higher level.
“I believe in being innovative and taking measured risks for the achievement of academic success,” Taylor added. “We must empower faculty, staff and students to strive to continue to enhance the quality of education and not rest on our laurels.”
Taylor is a 1982 graduate of Obion County Central High School in Troy, Tennessee and the son of the late James W. Taylor of Union City. He and his wife, Lechia Taylor, have a son and live in Sycamore, Ill.
Taylor will assume his new duties on June 1.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education
recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes
magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business
as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.