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CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS NAMES SISTER CAROL JEAN VALE TO PRESIDENCY EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 1992

 CHESTNUT HILL COLLEGE BOARD OF DIRECTORS NAMES
 SISTER CAROL JEAN VALE TO PRESIDENCY EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 1992
 PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Chestnut Hill College has named Sister Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D., 46, to succeed Sister Matthew Anita MacDonald, SSJ, Ph.D., as president of Chestnut Hill College.
 The new president will serve a five-year term effective July 1, 1992. The board voted Monday night in its regularly scheduled meeting at the college to appoint Vale, an assistant professor and chair of religious studies at Chestnut Hill College, to succeed the current president, who has held the post since 1980, serving two 5-year terms and a 2-year extension.
 According to the by-laws of the college, a president is permitted to serve a maximum of two 5-year terms. However, in an unprecedented move, the board of directors requested that MacDonald consider an extension of her term in order to complete the tremendously successful work that she had begun in the college's first-ever Capital Campaign. Launched in 1988, the campaign had exceeded its three-year, $4 million goal by more than $1.2 million.
 Last summer, the board authorized the formation of a Search Committee to interview and evaluate qualified candidates for the position of president. Early in the search process, the board decided that the next college president would be a Sister of St. Joseph. Six candidates were considered by the board in its final selection process.
 "Sister Carol Vale is a scholar of vision and creativity who values communication, cooperation and collaboration," said S. Margaret Fleming, SSJ, M.A., chairman of the board of directors and superior general of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill. "Sister welcomes the challenge of furthering the mission and identity of Chestnut Hill College as a Catholic women's college committed to multicultural diversity."
 Born in Washington to U.S. Marine Lt. Sumner Allen Vale and Jean Francis Milne Vale, Vale lived in various places throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Born and raised an Episcopalian, Vale converted to Catholicism during her senior year in high school. After her freshman year at St. Joseph College, Emmitsburg, Md., she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph.
 Vale joined the faculty at Chestnut Hill College in 1989 and was promoted to her current rank in 1990. A respected scholar and theologian, Vale designed and implemented the curriculum for the college's master of arts degree program in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction -- the only program of its kind in the nation.
 A demonstrated administrator, Vale has chaired and co-chaired numerous committees for professional seminars and conferences including, "Symposium '91," a meeting for the staff of spirituality centers throughout the country that train spiritual directors, and "Conference '91," an international meeting for people engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction. She served from 1981-85 as the director of activities at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia, supervising all athletic, music, fund raising, facility and alumni and student service programs. From 1980-81, she served as director of activities at St. Rose High School in Belmar, N.J.
 A writer and workshop facilitator, Vale has published several journals, articles, and has presented papers at more than two dozen regional and national conferences.
 The president-elect is currently a member of the advisory board of the Pastoral Counseling Center at Holy Redeemer Hospital and Medical Center in Meadowbrook, Pa., and has served on the board of directors of the Girls' Catholic League of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and the Delone Catholic High School board of directors in McSherrystown, Pa. She is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Teilhard Association.
 At Chestnut Hill, Vale has served on numerous committees and in organizations including the Graduate Academic Committee, Faculty Concerns Committee, Subcommittee on Faculty Concerns, Middle States Faculty Committee, Faculty Development Ad Hoc Committee, Inter- Departmental Honors Committee, Peace Net, Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, and an Interest Group on Catholic Identity and Multi-Cultural Diversity.
 A 1978 graduate of Chestnut Hill College with an A.B. in English literature, Vale earned both an M.A. in theology and spirituality (1983), and a Ph.D. in historical theology (1990) from Fordham University. She conducted her dissertation on "Mystical Consciousness/Transformation: An Historical Examination of the Christian Tradition from a Teilhardian Perspective."
 Vale possesses a wealth of classroom experience, having taught elementary school from 1966-76, and high school literature from 1976-81. A lecturer at Chestnut Hill from 1984-85 for a summer program on Current Trends in Education, Vale also was a graduate assistant to the assistant chair for graduate studies in the Department of Theology at Fordham University from 1985-88, and an adjunct assistant professor of religious studies at Villanova University in 1990.
 In her letter of application to the board of directors last summer, Vale said: "The pursuit of truth is of the essence of higher education .... My belief in the priority of academics is a fact attested to by the quality and scope of my dissertation, papers delivered before and since coming to Chestnut Hill College, the publications on which I am currently working, the demands which I make on students, and the quality of the programs which I have developed and coordinated. First and foremost an institution of higher learning must exhibit a genuine understanding of the primacy of academics and manifest the respect due to the intellectual life and its rigors."
 Located in Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is a four-year, liberal arts college in the Catholic tradition. Founded as a women's college in 1924 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, the college awards associate, undergraduate and graduate degrees.
 An inaugural ceremony and events will be planned for the spring of 1993.
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