UD Mercy appoints Donald B. Taylor as its 26th president

The University of Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees has announced that Donald B. Taylor will become the institution’s next president. // Courtesy of UD Mercy

The University of Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees announced today that Donald B. Taylor has been named 26and president, succeeding Antoine M. Garibaldi, who will remain at the university to focus on research and teaching.

Garibaldi, whose term ends June 30 when Taylor takes over, will continue his work at the University in 2023.

“On behalf of the entire Detroit Mercy community, we are thrilled to welcome Taylor to our university and look forward to her leadership as we build on the momentum of the past decade and set new goals for the institution. said Michael T. McNamara, chairman of the university’s board of trustees and president of Hollingsworth, a supply chain management company in Dearborn with more than 3,500 employees at 32 locations across the United States. United.

“Taylor’s extraordinary accomplishments and experience demonstrate a commitment to excellence that aligns well with Detroit Mercy’s vision and mission, and we are confident that he will help the University achieve an even brighter future. “

Taylor brings nearly three decades of higher education leadership in the areas of program development, accreditation, alumni relations, community partnership development, corporate and philanthropic fundraising, commitment to adult and post-traditional students and international, global, online education after decades as a researcher and educator in Catholic institutions.

Since 2014, he has served as President of Cabrini University, a private Roman Catholic university in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, which offers undergraduate, graduate, and graduate programs to more than 2,000 students.

During Taylor’s tenure as president, Cabrini ranked among the top 40 most transformative colleges in the nation by silver magazine based on the institution’s “added value”, an indicator to highlight schools whose alumni show high levels of achievement.

Prior to his appointment as Cabrini President, Taylor served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois from 2008 to 2014. While at Benedictine, he also served as the inaugural Dean of the College of Science , as well as Chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program.

“It is a great honor, and I am honored to be chosen to serve as the next president of one of our nation’s great Catholic universities at this time in its institutional history, building on the enormous success and momentum of President Garibaldi’s long tenure at Detroit Mercy,” says Taylor.

“In partnership with an engaged Board of Trustees, Jesuits, Sisters of Mercy, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the greater Detroit metropolitan community, we look forward to leading Detroit Mercy to become the best comprehensive Catholic university in the Midwest. ”

In 2022, the University was ranked among the top 200 national universities byUS news and world reportfor the third year in a row, ranking 187th in the National Universities category of the publication’s 2022 “Top Colleges” edition. The university is Michigan’s top-ranked private university and one of four in the state to be included in the national university category.

In 2021, the University inaugurated the McNichols Campus Renovation Project, which repositions Detroit Mercy for the future and serves as a model of efficiency and sustainability for peer institutions in US cities. Finally, in December 2019, the university concluded its campaign for the University of Detroit Mercy, raising nearly $115 million in the record-breaking effort.