St. Joseph’s College has new interim president

Posted Oct. 03, 2011, at 7:59 p.m.

STANDISH, Maine — Kenneth M. Lemanski of Winchester, Mass., has been named the interim president of St. Joseph’s College, the school announced Monday.

Lemanski, who has held administrative positions at Westfield (Mass.) State University and the University of Massachusetts, assumed his new role Monday, according to a press release.

Lemanski previously served as vice president of advancement and university relations at Westfield State, playing a major role in advancing private, state and federal dollars for university priorities there.

“I’m looking forward to engaging everyone within the college community,” said Lemanski. “I am so honored and grateful for the board’s vote of confidence in me as I begin serving the St. Joseph’s College and Mercy community as interim president.”

A search committee composed of trustees, faculty and Sisters of Mercy, with the assistance of a retained recruitment firm, will conduct a national search for a permanent president.

Lemanski has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UMass, a law degree from Western New England University School of Law and is a candidate for a doctoral degree from UMass in higher education policy, leadership and administration. He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in various leadership positions for 13 years from 1976 to ’78 and 1980 to ’91 and has led numerous nonprofit community service efforts.

St. Joseph’s College President Joseph Lee recently resigned.

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