President to leave after 12 years of leadership

Dr. David House, president of Saint Joseph's College in Standish, announced his resignation this morning in a memorandum to the College community.

House, of Cape Elizabeth, was appointed president of Saint Joseph's College in 1995. Under his leadership, the College increased enrollments by nearly 30 percent, added new faculty, increased academic programs and improved academic quality, and embarked on an ambitious building program that included a 50,000-sq.-foot recreation center named for donor Harold Alfond and a four-story academic building also named after Alfond. The college also made major renovations to older buildings, doubled the size of the dining hall, built three new residence halls to accommodate the growth in enrollments, and added 70,000 volumes to the library.

Last year Saint Joseph's College completed a new master plan for future growth and is working with the town of Standish to build additional residence halls on campus, where a large majority of students reside. The college plans to increase enrollment over the next 10 years from 1,000 to approximately 1,350 full-time students. In addition, there are plans for a new science and nursing building, a major addition to the library, and the creation of a student center within an existing building.

Chairman of the Saint Joseph's College board, Robert MacBride, commented, "As a Board member and now Chairman, I have known Dr. House for over nine of his 12 years as president at Saint Joseph's. Those years have been filled with great change and advancement at our College. Saint Joseph's has been transformed in many ways under Dr. House's leadership."

MacBride added, "We would not be poised to move in the Catholic Mercy tradition to the next level of achievement in our recently approved master plan, without Dr. House's leadership and initiative. On behalf of the Board, I thank David for his 12 years and wish him every success in his future."

According to John Zerillo, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, "The face of the College has been significantly altered during the last 12 years. Dr. House's legacy is one of dramatic growth and change."

During House's tenure, the college increased its donor base and attracted more than $10 million in major gifts and obtained major grants from leading foundations, including Teagle, Luce, Sloan, Hearst and Raskob, as well as smaller or regional foundations, such as Homeland, Davis Educational Foundation, and Alden Trust totaling more than $1.5 million.

"It has been my good fortune, honor and privilege to provide leadership to Saint Joseph's College for these last 12 years. It's been a time of great energy, dynamism, growth and challenges," House told the campus community. "It's been a difficult decision for me, because I love Saint Joseph's College .. but 12 years is a long time to be president of a College," he added.

House's resignation becomes effective May 15. He stated that he looks forward to taking a sabbatical year off, during which he will be able to spend time with his family and explore other professional opportunities.

For further information, contact William McCarthy, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Saint Joseph's College, at 207-749-8068.

March 19, 2007 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail