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Calumet College of St. Joseph Announces New President

Calumet College of St. Joseph is proud to announce Dr. Amy McCormack will become the institution’s seventh president.

McCormack, currently the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., will become president effective July 1, 2017.  She will replace Dr. Daniel Lowery who will step down and, after a short sabbatical, return to the College as a full-time faculty member.   The Board of Trustees unanimously elected McCormack and the selection was ratified by the Corporate Board, chaired by The Very Rev. Larry Hemmelgarn, Provincial Director of the Cincinnati Province of the Society of the Precious Blood which sponsors the College.

McCormack was the unanimous choice of the Trustees’ search committee, which acted as the planning committee with professional consultation by RPA, Inc., of Williamsport, Pa., one of the preeminent executive recruitment and consulting firms in higher education.

“After many months of interviews, meetings and surveys that involved input from the Board of Trustees, Administration, Faculty, and the student body, Dr. McCormack stood out as the leading candidate from a pool of over 80 applicants,” said Larry Meyers, chairman of the Board of Trustees.  He thanked the search firm, RPA, Inc., and the Search Committee for their outstanding help and guidance throughout this process.  “I speak for the entire Board of Trustees of Calumet College of St. Joseph in welcoming Dr. McCormack to our college family,” he said. 

McCormack’s background

Dr. McCormack has spent the majority of her career in a senior leadership position at a Catholic institution.  Her current role, collaborative nature, and years of service have positioned her to be the strategic voice on enrollment initiatives, building and expansion projects, new program development, and strategic investments. 

She has served Dominican University since 1991 as Controller, Vice President for Business Affairs, and since 2006 as Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration.  With a team of committed staff, faculty, and students, she led the development, branding, and organizational support for the first sustainability plan, 4Rfuture, which garnered membership in the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact.

As a senior leader committed to furthering the strategic initiative around global citizenship, she founded and co-directed an international living and learning pilot program to develop global knowledge and intercultural competencies among college-age students. 

Working closely with the President and the Board of Trustees, she has provided key leadership for the strategic growth of the physical campus over the last 20 years. 

McCormack earned her Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.  She holds a master’s degree in business from Dominican University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant. 

Community involvement
She currently serves on the following boards:  Center for Minority Serving Institutions, University of Pennsylvania; Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park; University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital; and Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation, PlanIt Green Core Committee. 

Looking into the future

“Calumet College of St. Joseph’s commitment to a faith-based education and serving a diverse first-generation student body not only aligns with my experience,” said McCormack, “it is a commitment that is rooted in my personal values.  Calumet College is well positioned for the opportunities and challenges facing higher education.  I look forward to building upon a solid foundation and working with colleagues and the Calumet community to ensure a bright future.  I believe my commitment to the Catholic mission, entrepreneurial spirit, and energy will enhance all that Calumet College of St. Joseph has to offer.”

About Calumet College of St. Joseph

Calumet College of St. Joseph is a Catholic, private, liberal arts college sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood located in Hammond, IN., 28 miles from the Chicago Loop. Founded in 1951, Calumet College of St. Joseph offers four graduate degrees, 13 bachelor’s degrees, including 11 traditional majors, 10 associate’s degrees and two accelerated programs. Recognized as a “Best College” for ethnic diversity by U.S. News and World Report 2015, CCSJ has an enrollment of approximately 1,200 domestic and international students.  To learn more, visit

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