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Patricia EriksonSenior Director of Communications
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Evan LoignonCommunications Assistant
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Matthew BradleyCommunications Intern

Press Releases

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Commencement to Feature Award-Winning Global Healthcare Activist Donato J. Tramuto as Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine announces that Donato J. Tramuto, the CEO of Tivity health, Inc–a leading provider of fitness and nutrition health improvement programs–will speak at the 2019 Commencement on May 11th, as well as receive an honorary degree. Author of Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business (Hamilton Press), Tramuto is a recognized innovator and industry leader with more than 35 years of healthcare experience and a deep commitment to global healthcare access, patient outcomes, and digital solutions.

March 18th, 2019|Categories: Press Room, Brightspace, Highlights|Tags: , |

U.S. Department of Justice Grant Funds Prevention of Violence Educational Programming at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

The United States Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women awarded Saint Joseph’s College of Maine a three-year, $299,884 grant to fund programming that enhances prevention of, awareness of, and response to a range of sexual misconduct that can occur in a college community, including: sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. This is one of 57 grants totaling over $18 million to higher education institutions nationwide. With the new funding, the entire College community will experience training, in partnership with Through These Doors and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, and facilitated by Coordinator for Violence Prevention Sarah Gordon who started her new position last week. This DOJ grant is designed to support community coordination, strategic planning, and competency-based education around all issues of violence on a college campus.

February 25th, 2019|Categories: Press Room, Brightspace, Highlights|Tags: , |

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Welcomes SilverSneakers® into Community

The Alfond Center at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is expanding its adult fitness classes to include the nationally recognized SilverSneakers® program. SilverSneakers–the nation’s leading community fitness program designed exclusively for older adults– offers a way to motivate older adults to increase their levels of physical activity and remain socially active. The College will celebrate a SilverSneakers Launch Week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, March 12, 14, and 15, 2019. On those three days during Launch Week, classes will be free and door prizes will be awarded.

February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Press Room, Highlights|Tags: |

University of New England and Saint Joseph’s College pave pathway to pharmacy school

Students at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine who are interested in becoming pharmacists have a new pathway to their career, thanks to an agreement with the University of New England.

February 8th, 2019|Categories: Press Room, Brightspace, Highlights|Tags: , , |

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Awards Saint Joseph’s College $5,000 For Local Food Innovation

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation has awarded Saint Joseph’s College $5,000 towards the construction of the Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation, a hub providing education and infrastructure in support of the economic development of Maine’s local food industry.

February 8th, 2019|Categories: Press Room, Brightspace, Highlights|Tags: , |

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Offers Catholic Apostolate Center Courses

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine has partnered with the Catholic Apostolate Center to offer continuing education units for those individuals who work in or support ministry. These asynchronous, non-credit courses facilitate online learning through video, discussion boards, and learning assessments.

February 6th, 2019|Categories: Press Room|Tags: , , |

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College Leadership

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is a private, liberal arts college led by a board of trustees, a president, and a leadership team.

President James Dlugos, Ph.D.

James Dlugos became the 14th president of Saint Joseph’s College in July 2012. Since his inauguration, he has been championing a bold plan for ensuring Saint Joseph’s place as an exemplary 21st-century Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. Under his leadership, the College is pursuing a series of ambitious initiatives that align with Saint Joseph’s strategic plan for its second hundred years, Sustaining the Promise. While continuing to respect Saint Joseph’s heritage as a faith-based, value-centered learning environment, the strategic plan sets a new direction for the College, embracing the underlying principles of sustainability and wellness.

New capital investments in support of academics and student life include construction of a lighted turf field and track complex; the addition of four new, advanced science and nursing laboratories; the opening of new campus gathering spaces; and enhancements to the College’s waterfront on Sebago Lake. The College has also launched a new Bachelor of Social Work major, expanded opportunities for study abroad, increased scholarship programs, and adopted a comprehensive climate action and sustainability plan.

A key element of the strategic plan is the development of mission-aligned businesses on campus, which are designed to expand learning opportunities, diversify revenue streams, and address emerging social and economic needs in Maine. Dr. Dlugos is advancing development activity in three areas: sustainable agriculture, hospitality, and successful aging.

In June 2017, with support from federal, state, and local partners, the College committed to the establishment of a new Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation. When completed, the Institute will provide critically needed support for Maine’s food and beverage workforce, helping to boost economic development in Maine.

Dr. Dlugos is also positioning Saint Joseph’s to play a key role in addressing Maine’s urgent nursing shortage. In January 2017, the College launched a campaign to create a new Center for Nursing Innovation. Funded through foundation and private philanthropic donations, the new center will expand Saint Joseph’s nursing programs, scholarships, and laboratory facilities.

Dr. Dlugos’ embrace of innovative, entrepreneurial approaches to ensure growth and sustainability for Saint Joseph’s earned him recognition in 2015 as one of Maine magazine’s “50 Mainers” who are shaping the future of our state.

Before joining Saint Joseph’s, Dr. Dlugos served for seven years as the vice president and dean of Academic Affairs at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey. Prior to that, he served for 16 years at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, in a variety of roles, including vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the faculty.

An active voice in higher education, Dr. Dlugos currently serves as president of the Maine Independent Colleges Association.  He recently concluded a two-year term as chair of the  GNAC Presidents Council, and was recently appointed to the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group. Dr. Dlugos also serves on the Board of Directors of  Maine Campus Compact, which seeks to reinvigorate the public purposes and civic mission of higher education.

Dr. Dlugos earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Boston College, a doctorate in English from the University of Virginia, and has completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In addition, he completed a presidential vocation and institutional mission program through the Council of Independent Colleges.

College History

From the time the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Portland, Maine in 1873, they dreamed of applying the educational goals of Sister Catherine McAuley, who founded their order in Dublin, Ireland in 1831. After working toward this goal, the Portland Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas founded Saint Joseph’s College in 1912 on the grounds of the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse in the Deering district of Portland. It was chartered by the Maine Legislature in 1915. In 1949, the name of the College was changed, briefly, from Saint Joseph’s College to The College of Our Lady of Mercy. When the Sisters purchased the Verrill Estate and moved the College to Standish in 1956, they reinstated the original name of Saint Joseph’s. Less than fifteen years later, in 1970, Saint Joseph’s became a co-educational institution. Then, in 1976, the College became a pioneer in distance education programs.

With more than a century of history, Saint Joseph’s College remains as Maine’s Catholic, liberal arts college, situated on the 474-acre campus on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine, where students and staff enjoy views of  Mount Washington and the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. The College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees for men and women of all faiths and ages through campus and online educational programming.