Rev. Dr. Mark Hagemoen Appointed as the New Principal/President for St. Mark's/Corpus Christi Colleges
VANCOUVER, MARCH 18 – Following an international search conducted with the assistance of an executive search firm, the Board of Directors of both Colleges announced the appointment of Rev. Dr. Mark Hagemoen as President of Corpus Christi College and Principal of St. Mark’s College, effective July 1, 2011, for a five-year term. Corpus Christi, the liberal arts college, and St. Mark’s, the theological college affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC), are both located on the Vancouver campus of the university.
“Rev. Dr. Hagemoen’s broad experience in management including his membership on the Colleges’ boards, his years of devotion to the youth of the Lower Mainland, his leadership in developing programs, and his understanding of and commitment to the mission of St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi make him a superb fit as our next Principal and President,” said Neysa Finnie, Chair of the Boards. “We are continuing in the footsteps of the founders of the Colleges as well as the Catholic intellectual tradition by appointing a Roman Catholic priest at the helm.”
Born and raised in Vancouver, after completing his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts) at the University of British Columbia, and a year of travel throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe, Rev. Dr. Hagemoen entered St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ont., completing his Masters of Divinity degree. He was ordained in Vancouver by Bishop Lawrence Sabatini in May 1990. He completed the National Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies and the Diploma for Advanced Studies in Ministry in 1997. He earned a Doctor of Ministry program at Trinity Western University which he completed in 2007. In December 2007, Rev. Dr. Hagemoen was honoured by Pope Benedict XVI who recognized him as a “Prelate of Honour” with the title Monsignor for his work the Archdiocese.
In accepting the position, Rev. Dr. Hagemoen said, “I'm looking forward to expanding my role at the Colleges and to working with the community at St. Mark's and Corpus Christi Colleges in building on the progress that has been made in strengthening Catholic higher education in Vancouver. The development and success of these two Colleges is needed more than ever, as the Catholic intellectual tradition is called upon to respond to and engage the range of issues of our time.”
Rev. Dr. Hagemoen replaces Dr. John Stapleton who has been on secondment to the Colleges from the University of Manitoba.
“We thank Dr. Stapleton for his distinguished service to the Colleges and are grateful to the University of Manitoba for its generosity in permitting Dr. Stapleton’s secondment,” said Finnie. During his tenure, St. Mark’s College has begun its journey towards the formal accreditation of its graduate degree programs by the Association of Theological Schools, and Corpus Christi College has applied to the Province of British Columbia for authority to offer the Associate of Arts degree.
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Dr. John J. Stapleton, Principal of St. Mark's College and President of Corpus Christi College in Vancouver, received the honorary Doctor of Sacred Letters degree from Regis College, the Jesuit Faculty of Theology at the University of Toronto. The degree was conferred on Saturday, November 20, 2010, at Regis College's Thirty-Fourth Convocation.
Dr. Stapleton was also the presenter of the 2010 Chancellor's Lecture at Regis College. Dr. Stapleton's lecture was entitled "Canadian Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization," and was delivered on Friday, November 19 at 7:30pm in the St. Joseph Chapel at Regis College.
Dr. Stapleton is being recognized for his "contributions to society, culture and the church."
"I am profoundly grateful for this honour and for the opportunities that have been given to me to work with so many dedicated and able collaborators in the important apostolate of Catholic higher education," says Dr. Stapleton.
Dr. Stapleton has been the Principal and President of the Catholic Colleges in Vancouver since July 2009. Under Dr. Stapleton's leadership, the colleges have taken important steps in gaining accredited status for the delivery of their programs. St. Mark's College was awarded Associate Status in the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) in June 2010, and Corpus Christi College has applied to BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education to offer the Associate of Arts degree. Dr. Stapleton serves on the Board of Directors of Vancouver College and sits on the University of British Columbia Vancouver Senate.
Dr. Stapleton has extensive experience as a teacher, administrator, and community leader. Prior to his Vancouver appointment, he was a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. He has served as Dean of the Faculty of Education at both Lakehead University and the University of Manitoba and as Rector of St. Paul’s, the Catholic college at the University of Manitoba. Programs established at St. Paul’s during his leadership include the BA in Catholic Studies and the PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies for the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice. He has also served as President of the Canadian Association of Deans of Education, Vice-President of the Canadian Education Association, and Vice-President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. He has held academic positions at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Western Ontario, prior to which he taught in high schools in Newfoundland & Labrador, Ontario, and at St. Thomas More Collegiate in Burnaby, BC. Dr. Stapleton is the author of many academic papers and technical reports on educational leadership and Catholic education.
In 2006, Dr. Stapleton was appointed a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI. Other awards include an appointment as Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba and the Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration.
Born and raised in Newfoundland & Labrador, Dr. Stapleton received a BSc degree from Iona College (New York); an MTS degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto.