Two hats for Jenkins as his presidency begins

Author: Notre Dame Magazine staff

The occupants of the top two administrative posts at Notre Dame stepped down June 30. And one person is filling both jobs, temporarily.

As announced last summer, Father John I. Jenkins, CSC, succeeded Father Malloy as president on July 1, 2005.

Earlier this year it was announced that Nathan Hatch, provost since 1996, is leaving to become president of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He started there July 1. Jenkins will be acting provost until Hatch’s replacement is hired.

In recent months four other individuals have been named to key posts in the Jenkins administration:

—Reverend Hugh R. Page Jr., Walter Associate Professor of Theology, was appointed dean of First Year of Studies. He also had been associate dean and director of undergraduate studies in the College of Arts and Letters and director of the African and African-American Studies Program. He becomes the first African American to serve as a dean at Notre Dame. He succeeds Eileen Kolman, who retired after 15 years as dean of FYS.

—Hilary Crnkovich, formerly an executive in the Chicago office of public relations and public affairs firm Burson-Marsteller, was elected vice president for public affairs and communication. The division includes Notre Dame Magazine. She succeeds J. Roberto Gutiérrez, who stepped down in January.

—Two people were appointed executive assistants to Jenkins. One is Father Jim McDonald, CSC, ‘79, ’84M.Div., former rector of Saint George’s College, a K-12 school in Santiago, Chile, sponsored by the Indiana Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. He is also former associate dean for administration in the Law School.

The other is Frances Shavers ‘90, most recently manager of the Community Education Academy at the University of Southern California. She returns to Notre Dame after having been director of alumni clubs and student programs in the Alumni Association in the early 1990s. In 1996 she was appointed the first coordinator of the ND athletic department’s Life Skills Program.