[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

Jan. 7, 2002

President O’Connell Names Vice President and Chief of Staff

The Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has appointed Frank G. Persico vice president and chief of staff, effective Jan. 1. In addition to his current duties as CUA assistant to the president, general secretary and secretary to the Board of Trustees, Mr. Persico will act on behalf of the president to supervise the administration of the university’s offices of general counsel and public affairs; work with the Office of Institutional Advancement on the creation of a council to revitalize the mission of what was formerly the Board of Regents; oversee the creation, distribution, implementation and review of the University Policies Manual; and perform other duties assigned by the president.

Communicating his decision to the Board of Trustees, Father O’Connell wrote, “His long service in a variety of positions at CUA provides good background experience for his new role. He is a man of personal integrity, a hard worker and deeply committed to CUA and its Catholic mission.”

Mr. Persico's 27 years of professional experience at Catholic University encompass a broad spectrum of university life.

“In the 16 months that Frank has worked as my assistant, it has become evident that he can and should take on additional management responsibilities within the university,” said Father O’Connell.  “I have great confidence in his abilities and know that he is the right person to help me and our university as we move forward to implement our new strategic planning initiatives.”

Prior to joining the president’s staff in September 2000, Mr. Persico served for four years as associate dean for external and student affairs for the Columbus School of Law where he supervised areas including public affairs, student life and student activities, admissions, legal career services, financial aid, alumni relations and development.

Before 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 also completed work toward a doctorate in higher education administration at the university.

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; as a member of the parish council and as chairperson of the parish finance council.





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