Trocaire College Names New President
For Immediate Release
Contact: Kathy Popielski
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Bassam Deeb as the sixth president of Trocaire College effective July 9. Currently the Vice President for Student Services at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, NY, Deeb brings to the President’s Office of Trocaire College an extensive and distinguished professional background. “The Trocaire College Board of Trustees has unanimously accepted the recommendation of the presidential search committee in announcing Dr. Bassam Deeb as Trocaire’s next president,” said Lisa M. Kirisits, Trocaire College Board Chair. “I believe that we have found the leadership and vision in Dr. Deeb that will take Trocaire to the next level.”
Deeb received his B.A. and M.Ed. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University. Prior to working at Niagara County Community College, Deeb served as Vice President for Student Affairs at West Liberty State College in West Virginia. He started his career at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa as Director of Advisement and Retention.
Deeb was one of three finalists selected by the presidential search committee to visit the campus in April. “We were determined to find the best qualified candidate to lead Trocaire College to the next level of Academic excellence,” said Sharon L. Hanson, Chair of the Search Committee, “and we have found that in Dr. Deeb. I was honored to be selected to lead such an important task for the Trocaire College Community and the Sisters of Mercy. I worked with an extraordinary group of people who were all of the same mind.”
“I am humbled to be selected as Trocaire College’s next president, “said Deeb. “It is wonderful to join such a caring college community dedicated to serving the people of Western New York. I am grateful to Dr. Hurley for his hard work and dedication over the past 14 years in positioning the College to continue to move forward.” Deeb replaces retiring president, Paul B. Hurley, Jr., who became the first lay president of the College in 1998. Under Hurley’s leadership, the College has grown from 500 to over 1,500 students and almost a dozen new programs have been added, including the college’s first baccalaureate programs.
“I am confident that Dr. Deeb will provide strong leadership and direction for Trocaire College,” noted Dr. Paul Hurley, Jr., President of Trocaire College. “His extensive experience in higher education will prove invaluable as the college envisions its future.”
Trocaire College, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo, is a private college offering associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificate programs in hospitality, healthcare, hospitality and technology. Trocaire’s main campus in Buffalo is the hub for healthcare majors while the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business location on Transit Road in Lancaster offers courses in hospitality, dietetic technology, human resource management, computer networking and Trocaire’s newest program in Healthcare Informatics.