August 2, 2008

Newsmaker: Sister Mary Frances Grasinger

By Jeremy Boren, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Aug. 2--Age: 72

Residence: Monroeville

Occupation: President of Vincentian Academy-Duquesne University, a Catholic high school of 120 students in McCandless

Background: A sister of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden; has served as an assistant professor and director of the graduate office of education at Duquesne University and worked as an associate dean of graduate education, program director of secondary education and interim dean of the School of Education; taught elementary and secondary education for 19 years in Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese schools; worked four years as vice principal of Fontbonne Academy, a now-closed all-girls school in Bethel Park

Education: Bachelor's degree in education and social studies, Duquesne University; master's degree in theological studies in math and physics, The Catholic University of America; doctorate in educational administration and supervision, Syracuse University

Noteworthy: Began serving Friday as president of Vincentian Academy-Duquesne University. She replaces Timothy G. Rusnak, who became principal of Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans.

Quote: "I am very honored to have been given the opportunity to serve students and their families in this important role. I am eager to further develop and enhance the academy's relationships with Duquesne University and the Pittsburgh community, and to cultivate our students to be influential leaders in a global society."


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