Top academic officer joins select group for seminar on leadership

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

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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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 located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.