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Pittsburgh -- The La Roche College Board of Trustees today appointed Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., a member of the Congregation of Divine Providence, as the seventh president of La Roche College. She will succeed Monsignor William A. Kerr, who is stepping down June 30 after serving for 12 years as president.

Introcaso is currently the vice president for planning and assessment at Barry University in Miami Shores, FL, a post she has held since January 2000. In that capacity, she is responsible for coordinating university-wide planning and institutional research. Introcaso has also been a member of the La Roche College Board of Trustees since 2001.

“We are extremely pleased to have Sister Candace Introcaso as our next president,” said Peter B. Mulloney, chair of the La Roche College Board of Trustees. “She comes to La Roche with a belief in our mission, a wide range of experience in higher education administration, and a strong commitment to diversity. All of that, coupled with her high levels of energy and ability, make her ideally suited to provide the leadership that will continue La Roche College’s growth and progress in the years ahead.”

Sister Mary Joan Coultas, provincial director of the Congregation of Divine Providence, added that all of the members of the Congregation were happy about Introcaso’s appointment. “La Roche College is one of our key ministries, and it is especially gratifying to know that one of our sisters will be leading that endeavor.”

“With the selection of Sr. Candace, I am confident that I am leaving the college in good hands,” Kerr said. “She is an extremely capable person, well respected by her peers in higher education, and I have no doubts that La Roche will thrive under her leadership.”

Introcaso, who had worked at La Roche earlier in her career, said she was pleased to learn that the Board of Trustees selected her. “I am looking forward to returning both to La Roche and to Pittsburgh,” she said. “This will be a very special homecoming for me. It was at La Roche where I taught my first class of undergraduates. It was at La Roche that I had numerous professional development opportunities in college administration. And it was at La Roche that I had my first experience on the campus of a Catholic college founded by women religious, and that experience shaped my research interests and future professional choices. I believe strongly that the mission of these institutions founded by women is terribly important to the landscape of American higher education. The opportunity to lead the college founded by my own congregation is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Prior to joining Barry University, Introcaso served as assistant vice president for academic affairs from 1997 to 1999 at Heritage College, located on the Yakima Indian reservation in Toppenish, WA. Before that, while pursuing her doctoral studies at The Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA, from 1991 to 1996, she held a number of part-time positions including acting Catholic chaplain for The Claremont Colleges, administrative intern in the Office of the President of California State University – San Marcos, and lecturer in the Department of Anthropology/Sociology at Pomona College. From 1986 to 1991, she was at La Roche College, first as director of grants and subsequently as assistant to the vice president for student affairs.

Introcaso received her Ph.D. in higher education administration from The Claremont Graduate University, where she also received the Hausam-Fisk Award for Excellence in Higher Education. She also holds an MA in sociology from Fordham University and a BA in psychology from Shippensburg University. <

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