PITTSBURGH — St. Marys native Fr. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., Ph.D., a Benedictine monk and executive vice president, has been named the 18th president of St. Vincent College, effective July 1, according to an announcement by J. Christopher Donahue, chairman of the College’s board of directors, and the Right Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., archabbot and chancellor.
He is the son of Irene Taylor of St. Marys and the late Robert Taylor. He has two brothers, Lawrence and Robert. He attended Sacred Heart School, St. Marys, and is a 1983 graduate of Elk County Christian High School, St. Marys.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to Father Paul Taylor on being named the 18th president of Saint Vincent College,” said state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Brockway. “Father Taylor has served the college in many different roles over the many years, and is a proud Bearcat alumnus, so his roots are strongly embedded in this institution and community.”
Taylor is currently serving as executive vice president of St. Vincent College, a position he has held for seven years. Under his leadership in 2017, the college launched the Forward, Always Forward, $100 million campaign to strengthen the school’s endowment, provide additional scholarships for students and enhance academic programs.
“These are critical times for colleges and universities,” he said at a news conference held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. “We face ever-changing needs for our students and alumni. Making higher education affordable and preparing our graduates for successful careers and meaningful lives top the list.
Taylor said, “In this world of shattered relationships and fractured society, ‘belonging’ is a treasure. Our Benedictine and Catholic mission prioritizes the sacred nature of the person and the importance of the connectedness of that person to our community.”
In addition to serving as executive vice president, his other administrative roles at St. Vincent College include vice president of Institutional Advancement (2006-2009); associate vice president of Institutional Advancement (2003-2006), associate director (1996-97), director (1997-2001) and dean (2001-2003) of Admission and Financial Aid; and acting dean of students (1999-2000). In spring 2019 he served as a Keats Society Lecturer and visiting professor at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Fr. Paul serves on the Board of Trustees of Fort Ligonier (2016-present), the Board of Directors of the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation (2008-present), and as an adviser to the Board of Straub Brewery Inc. (2010-present).
He entered the St. Vincent Benedictine Community on July 1, 1987, and made simple profession of monastic vows on July 10, 1988, and solemn profession of vows on July 11, 1991. He was ordained a priest June 6, 1992, at St. Vincent Archabbey Basilica by the Most Rev. Anthony G. Bosco, Bishop of Greensburg.