Top academic officer joins select group for seminar on leadership

Top academic officer joins select group for seminar on leadership
March 24, 2010

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Higher education faces many challenges in the future, and successful academic leadership demands keen intellectual vision and decisive wisdom. Benedictine University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., is one of only 20 chief academic officers nationwide selected to participate in a seminar on “Leadership for the 21st Century for Chief Academic Officers” that will be held July 12-16 in Annapolis, Md. The event is sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute. The topic of the five-day seminar, which is limited to 20 chief academic officers at colleges throughout the country, is “Administrative Wisdom for Chief Academic Officers: Classic and Contemporary Readings on Leadership and Responsibility.” The seminar will be moderated by John Churchill, secretary of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society, who was educated at Rhodes College, the University of Oxford and Yale. Taylor, a resident of Sycamore, earned a bachelor’s in Secondary Education and a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at Memphis State University. He joined the faculty at Benedictine University in 1992 as an assistant professor in Molecular Biology. Taylor served as chair of the Biology department from 2002-2005 when he was named dean of the College of Science. Taylor was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Benedictine in 2008.


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.