Fall River native Father Kenneth Sicard appointed Providence College president

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence College Corporation and the College’s Board of Trustees today announced Father Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P., ’78, ‘82G, Ph.D., a native of Fall River, has been elected as PC’s next president. Father Sicard, who has served as PC’s executive vice president/treasurer since 2005, served as acting president for six months from July-December 2018 while President Fr. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80 was on sabbatical. Father Sicard will succeed Father Shanley effective July 1, 2020.

The Board of Trustees voted to nominate Father Sicard this morning following a months-long search. The Providence College Corporation ratified that nomination and voted to elect Father Sicard shortly thereafter.

Following his graduation from Providence College in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Father Sicard was employed as an audit manager at Fleet Financial Group (then Industrial National Bank) until 1984. During that time he pursued a master of business administration degree from Providence College, graduating in 1982.

In 1984, Father Sicard entered the Dominican Order, later earning his bachelor’s degree in Sacred theology and master of Divinity degree from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Following his ordination as a priest in 1990, his first assignment was as a chaplain at Ohio Dominican College in Columbus, Ohio. Father Sicard served there for seven years, also holding the position of instructor in business and theology.

In 1997, Father Sicard completed his studies for a doctoral degree in educational studies/business at The Ohio State University and came to PC as the dean of residence life. In this role he administered and supervised the College’s residence life program and was responsible for overseeing all on-campus housing. He served as dean until his appointment as executive vice president in 2005.

From 2002 through 2010, Father Sicard also served as the treasurer of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. In this role, he oversaw the financial and accounting operations of the province. From 2010-2016, he served as a member of the Economic Council of the Dominican Order.

In addition to his duties as executive vice president/treasurer and member of the President’s Cabinet, Father Sicard has served as co-chair of all three Strategic Planning Committees which have convened at the college since his arrival, including the most recent ten-year plan, PC200. He also serves as chairman of the College’s Shared Governance Committee, and sits on various committees of the College’s Board of Trustees, including the Audit, Board Affairs, Finance and Investment, and Executive Committees. He is also a member of the Providence President’s Council, and is a former trustee of Roger Williams Hospital in Providence (2008-2013).


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