[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

August 22, 2000

President Appoints Persico Assistant, General Secretary

The Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., President, has appointed Frank G. Persico assistant to the President and general secretary of The Catholic University of America.

Mr. Persico, a CUA alumnus who has spent virtually all of his professional career serving the university, assumes the key post in the President's Office September 5.

"I am grateful that Frank Persico has accepted my invitation to serve the university in the President's Office," Father O'Connell said.

"He has always impressed me as a representative of the very best of CUA. His many years of service here have equipped him well for working with all the many publics who seek or require the attention or involvement of the President of the university in their activities, " he said. "My staff and I look forward to working closely with Frank when he joins us in September."

Mr. Persico's 26 years of experience encompass a broad range of university life. In his most recent post as associate dean for external and student affairs for the Columbus School of Law, Mr. Persico supervised areas including student life and student activities, legal career services, alumni relations and development.

Prior to joining the law school, Mr. Persico served for eight years as executive director of alumni relations, managing a full range of services and events for a network of 66,000 alumni. For seven years prior to taking that post he served as dean of students in the division of Student Life, overseeing student activities, judicial affairs, student services and other student issues. He also has served in administrative posts in the provost's and executive vice president's office, and in student housing.

Mr. Persico earned a bachelor's degree in speech and drama in 1974 and a master's degree in higher education administration in 1976, both from CUA. He has completed work for a doctorate in higher education administration at the university.

As a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Mr. Persico has given more than a dozen presentations and served as a consultant on issues ranging from student leadership and retention to strategic planning in alumni relations.

Active in civic and parish life, Mr. Persico has served as a member of the City Council of Laurel, Md.; chairperson of the Laurel Regional Transportation Committee; chairperson of a capital campaign for parish expansion at St. Mary of the Mills Parish Education Center and a member of the parish council. 

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