ABOUT DR. ROBERT B. CALLAHAN

Dr. Robert B. Callahan was named the 11th president of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, effective Jan. 30, 2018.

Dr. Callahan comes to Silver Lake College from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he served for six years beginning in 2012, most recently as vice president for administrative, enrollment and student services.

Eric Volcheff, chairman of the Silver Lake College Board of Trustees, is pleased to welcome Dr. Callahan.

“On behalf of the board of trustees, we are excited to have an individual with the credentials and experience that Dr. Callahan possesses, leading the Silver Lake College of the Holy Family community,” Volcheff said. “The pool of talent that our executive search committee had to choose from was quite deep, but Rob rose to the top as the best individual to complete the strategic plan laid out by his predecessor and begin the next chapter for our college.”

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During his tenure at Mount Mercy University, Dr. Callahan led initiatives that grew freshmen and overall enrollment to record levels. He also was responsible for increasing residential, minority, international, veteran, choir/band and student-athlete enrollment to record levels.

Dr. Callahan supervised construction projects including a $16-million-dollar multi-stadium athletic complex, a chemistry labs renovation and a gymnasium renovation.

He has more than 24 years of professional experience in a broad array of areas within higher education, with more than half of those years as a senior-level administrator at four institutions of higher education.

“I am both humbled and honored to have been chosen to serve as president of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have built a wonderful Catholic institution with an academic program that focuses on the liberal arts combined with professional preparation that has transformed the lives of many students throughout its 82-year history,” Dr. Callahan said. “I am excited by the future potential for Silver Lake College of the Holy Family as America’s first Catholic Work College. The College is committed to providing students with hands-on, real-world work experience as an integral component of a high-quality and affordable college education.”

Dr. Callahan earned his Doctor of Philosophy in business administration with a specialization in management from Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona. He earned his Master of Science in business administration and his Bachelor of Science in marketing management from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine.

He and his wife, Carolyn, along with their children, Jonathan and Katelyn, are “proud to become the newest members of the College's family,” he said and now live in the lakeshore area.

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INAUGURATION DETAILS

The Inauguration of Robert B. Callahan, Ph.D. 
As the Eleventh President of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family

Friday, October 5, 2018

11:30 a.m.
Delegate Registration Opens
Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance
Rehearsal Hall

12:30 p.m.
Liturgy
College Chapel
Main Hall

1:30 p.m.
Robing - Faculty, Staff and Visiting Delegates
Franciscan Center for Music and Performance
Rehearsal Hall

1:30 p.m. 
Robing - VIP's (Trustees and Members of the Platform Party)
Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance
Room 115

2:30 p.m.
Installation Ceremony
Bob and Pat Endries Performance Hall
Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance

Reception immediately following the ceremony
Ariens Atrium

Please RSVP by Friday, September 21, 2018

"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible"
- St. Francis of Assisi

Inauguration Speech

 The full video of Dr. Robert Callahan's Inauguration Speech is coming soon!

To read the full transcript, please click here.

Dr. Robert b. Callahan's inauguration Appeal

Dear Friend,

As you know, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family is a special place. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have built a College where the Catholic Franciscan values of Community, Compassion, Peacemaking and Reverence for All of Creation are embedded throughout the entire institution.

Dr. Robert B. Callahan continues to embrace this Catholic tradition. What inspires us most is his passion to fulfill the mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. As St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” Dr. Callahan continues to share this philosophy with the College community as he propels Silver Lake College of the Holy Family into the future.

As he embarks on his presidency, we have established The President’s Strategic Investment Fund to enable Dr. Callahan to capitalize on emerging opportunities as they arise.  The unrestricted resources will allow him to invest in key priorities and support programs and initiatives to drive the College forward.

On behalf of the Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Board of Trustees, I invite you to join us in supporting The President’s Strategic Investment Fund as we strengthen our Catholic identity. Through these efforts and Dr. Callahan’s leadership, we will most certainly achieve the impossible.

Sincerely,

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Eric B. Volcheff
Chairman, Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Board of Trustees

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