Stephen Healey, PhD, appointed as Provost at the University of Bridgeport

Stephen Healey, ProvostUniversity of Bridgeport President Neil Salonen announced today the appointment of Stephen Healey, PhD, as the school’s next Provost, effective October 1, 2015.

Dr. Healey, who succeeds Provost Hans van der Giessen, joined UB in 1998, as an assistant professor of world religions at the School of Arts & Sciences. He subsequently filled various roles, advancing in academic leadership on campus. In 2010, he was named Dean of Arts & Sciences, and in 2013, he was appointed Associate Provost, where his more recent duties included chairing UB’s NEASC self-study during the 2014-15 academic year.

Dr. van der Giessen will continue to serve UB as a senior member of the President’s Office.

Dr. Healey’s appointment concludes a rigorous national search led by the Boston-based firm, Isaacson, Miller.

“Isaacson, Miller and our Search Committee did an outstanding job. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the search process for Provost, representing a great deal of time and effort, screening a large pool of candidates, narrowing down to five finalists,” President Salonen said. “After weighing their talents and experience, and receiving feedback from the UB community, the strongest choice was very clear. Our institution is well positioned to pursue the challenges that we have identified and committed to in our recent NEASC self-study, which Steve has so ably chaired. I have great confidence that he can provide the academic leadership to achieve those goals.”

President Salonen added: “Our UB community is indebted to Dr. van der Giessen for his leadership and guidance over the last three years.”

Dr. Healey said, “I am delighted by this appointment. I look forward to working with President Salonen, the deans, and the whole University community to advance the University’s academic mission.”

Dr. Healey earned a PhD in Theological Ethics from Boston College in 1996. He holds a Master’s of Arts in Theological Ethics from Andover Newton Theological School and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Eastern Nazarene College.

A respected scholar, Dr. Healey’s doctoral work focused on the interaction of religion and society, studied from the perspective of the social sciences, philosophy, and ethics. His discipline reflects on social and institutional change in reaction to encountering significant ideas — a field of expertise that he has brought to his teaching, research, and leadership roles at UB.

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