Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M.
Professor of Religious Studies, President Emeritus
The Rev. Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M., was appointed the ninth president of Siena College on June 1, 1996. He completed his tenure as President on May 31, 2007 and was appointed President Emeritus.
A priest in the Order of Friars Minor, Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Rev. Mackin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He first served at Siena College during the 1970s, as an assistant and associate professor of religious studies, chairman of the department and guardian (leader) of its 50 plus Franciscan community.
In 1982, he was appointed president-rector of Christ the King Seminary, a graduate theological school in East Aurora, N.Y. During his tenure there, he chaired the Seminary Department of the National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, D.C.
Rev. Mackin was assigned in 1988 to direct development and public relations for the Franciscans of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, based in New York City. He held a number of positions in the province, including member of the Board of Directors and education chairman.
Rev. Mackin has pursued his religious and professional education throughout his career. He originally earned a bachelorís degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University and a masterís in history from Siena College, and holds four credentials from Catholic University of America: a bachelorís degree in sacred theology, a masterís in religious education, a licentiate of sacred theology, and a doctorate in sacred theology cum laude.
He is an alumnus of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, completed courses in fund raising at the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, and the Institute for Charitable Giving, and also studied at the Instituto Mexicano Norteamericano in Mexico City, Mexico; Laval University in Quebec City, Canada; Georgetown University in Washington, D.C; and the World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland.
Rev. Mackin has lectured on a variety of subjects, including the Bible, Christian theology, contemporary Catholic and Protestant thought and the Gospels. His writings include the book In Search of the Authentic Christian Tradition, 1976. He has also given presentations to evaluation teams regarding accreditation of colleges and universities, and at workshops for area fundraisers. He co-hosted a weekly radio program for the Franciscans in three markets, and continues to do radio spots and programs for Siena College, broadcast in the region and on the Internet.
An old African proverb indicates that it takes a village to raise a child. In fact, it takes a team to raise academic achievement involving the undergraduate population. It takes collaborative effort: students, trustees, educators, parents, alumni, community.
During Rev. Mackinís tenure, Siena College has reached unprecedented growth in its offerings. The Siena campus has several recent state-of-the-art additions, including the Standish Library, the Sarazen Student Union, the Key Auditorium, Serra Dining Hall, the Morrell Science Center and a Synthetic Turf Field. The College has substantially increased technology; a crown jewel is the Hickey Financial Technology Center, with stock tickers and professional financial tools. Siena has a college-wide honors program, and features 25 major fields of study, including Biochemistry, Creative Arts, and Computational Science. Other newsmaker programs include Sienaís excellent Pre-Law program, undergraduate nanotechnology courses, a Globalization Studies Program, Broadcast Studies and the Center for the Study of Government and Politics. The endowment grew from $80 Million to $130 Million plus.
Taking advantage of these and other Siena College offerings is a healthy enrollment of 3,000 full time students. Sienaís internship programs provide more than 400 students each year opportunities to assist local businesses. And the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy is a wonderful vehicle for interaction with human service organizations.
Rev. Mackin has served on various national, diocesan, Franciscan and educational committees, including reaccreditation teams and papal visitation teams in the United States. He is a commissioner of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the organization that accredits more than 500 colleges and universities. He also served on the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, an organization of over 200 institutions that promotes and strengthens the mission and character of higher education in the United States.
He chaired the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Council of Presidents, and belonged to the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges & Universities. In the State of New York, he was a trustee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, which counts Siena College as an active member.
Rev. Mackin was a member of the board of directors of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce, and the advisory board for KeyBank National Association's Capital Region district. He shepherded Sienaís membership in the Center for Economic Growth, and other associations.
He is affiliated with the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. He has appeared in the International WHOíS WHO of Professionals.
He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including The Tech Valley Business Hall of Fame Award (2007), The State of New York Legislative Resolution Honor (Senate No. 2243) by Senator Joseph L. Bruno, Senate Majority Leader and adopted in Senate on May 15, 2007,
He enjoys Rollerblading, downhill skiing and international travel.
In July 2008, Rev. Mackin accepted a new position as President of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York.