MMU vice president Robert Callahan named president of Silver Lake College

Dr. Robert Callahan, Mount Mercy University vice president for administrative, enrollment and student services, will become the 11th president of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Callahan has been vice president at Mount Mercy since August 2012 where he provides vision and leadership for the division of administrative, enrollment and student services.

“We take great pride in Rob being selected as the president of a small, Catholic college in the Midwest,” said Mount Mercy President Laurie Hamen, J.D. “I am especially grateful for his deep commitment to our students, faculty, staff and the Cedar Rapids community.”

During his tenure at Mount Mercy, Callahan co-led the most recent strategic planning process as well as initiatives that grew overall enrollment to record levels. He was also instrumental in the implementation of the Catherine McAuley Scholars Program, a free-tuition scholarship that has supported 165 students since 2014, and supervised construction projects including a gymnasium renovation, chemistry labs renovation and $16-million-dollar multi-stadium athletic complex.

“We are thrilled to have Rob joining us as the new president of Silver Lake College,” said Dan McGinty, president of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sponsored Ministries, Inc., which manages the college as part of the Franciscan Sisters’ ministries.

Silver Lake College is a four-year, private liberal arts college with nearly 500 students, located in east-central Wisconsin. It is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, who founded the college in 1935.

“There are some exciting opportunities ahead, and Rob’s leadership, commitment and enthusiasm will be a tremendous benefit to the Silver Lake College community as we work toward a vibrant future,” McGinty said. “I look forward to working with Rob in continuing this vital ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.”

Prior to coming to Mount Mercy, Callahan had more than 20 years of higher education experience, with 10 years as a senior-level administrator from three higher education institutions in Maine, Ohio and New York. He previously served as vice president for enrollment management at Thomas College, where the institution saw three years of record-breaking enrollment under his leadership.

He holds a Ph.D. from Northcentral University (Arizona) along with an M.B.A. and a Bachelor of Science in marketing management from Thomas College (Maine).

“I am so grateful and truly blessed to have been able to work with many wonderful students, faculty and staff at Mount Mercy University,” Callahan said. “The Sisters of Mercy built a wonderful institution that provides a fantastic education for its students, and that continues to work hard to meet the needs of the Cedar Rapids community, and beyond. My family and I will always treasure the relationships we made with many wonderful people during our time here at Mount Mercy and in Cedar Rapids.”

Callahan’s new position will take effect Jan. 30, 2018.

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