Fr. Toal Steps Down

fr-toal.jpg Fr. James Toal, O.F.M., vice president at Siena College, is stepping down after nearly 40 years of leadership in education.
For Siena’s spring semester, he has been appointed as President Fr. Kevin Mullen’s special assistant on projects. In addition, he will continue to play an active role with the athletic department.
“I have known Jim Toal for more than 30 years, and have always counted on him as a friend and a mentor,” said Fr. Mullen. “He has worked long and hard for Siena College and with other Franciscan projects. I will miss him, but I appreciate that he’s going to get a well-deserved breather.  On behalf of the college, I thank him with gratitude for his talent, expertise, and dedication to the Franciscan life and years of service to the college.”
Fr. Toal began his Siena service in 1997. He previously was president of Quincy University in Quincy, Ill. for 14 years, and executive vice president at St. Bonaventure University in New York from 1976-83. Before that he was principal of St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn, N.Y.
A native of New York, N.Y., Fr. Toal earned a bachelor’s degree in English (with minors in French and history) from St. Francis College in New York, a master’s in English from St. John’s University, and a Ph.D. in college administration and supervision from Fordham University. He also attended the Weston School of Theology in Boston.
A member of Holy Name Province in the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor (OFM), he was ordained a priest in 1975. At the Province’s chapter gathering in June, his next assignment will be determined.

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