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New President Named at Vincentian Academy-Duquesne University

Dr. Mary Frances Grasinger, C.S.J., has been named president of Vincentian Academy-Duquesne University effective Aug. 1.

Vincentian Academy holds distinction as the only international baccalaureate, Catholic, university-affiliated private high school in existence. Originally founded in 1932 by the Vincentian Sisters of Charity as Vincentian High School, the school was re-dedicated in 1995 as Vincentian Academy-Duquesne
University.  Each year, 100 percent of the Academy’s graduates are accepted to and enroll in colleges and universities across the globe.

“I am very honored to have been given the opportunity to serve students and their families in this important role,” said Grasinger, a Sister of St. Joseph of Baden. “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.”

A professor of educational administration in Duquesne University’s School of Education, Grasinger’s teaching and research focus on preparation of school administrators, curriculum and instruction. She joined Duquesne’s School of Education in 1978 as an assistant professor and director of the graduate office of education. Her other roles at Duquesne have included serving as associate dean for graduate education, program director of secondary education and interim dean of the School of Education.

“I am confident that, under Dr. Grasinger’s leadership, Vincentian Academy-Duquesne University will continue its longstanding tradition of providing a premiere college preparatory experience for its students—with emphasis on the mind, heart and spirit.” said Dr. Charles Dougherty, president of Duquesne University.

Grasinger also taught for 19 years in elementary and secondary schools for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, including four years as vice principal at Fontbonne Academy.

As a scholar, Grasinger’s work has been published in College Teaching, Principal, Pennsylvania Educational Leadership and Principal Leadership. Her past honors include a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship for summer group study in Hungary, the Duquesne University President’s Award for Excellence in University Service and the Keivin Burns Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Grasinger is the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Eugene P. Beard Award for Leadership in Ethics at Duquesne.

Grasinger is a member of the board of directors at the Providence Heights Alpha School, sits on the education committee for Girls Hope of Pittsburgh, and is director emerita for the board of directors of Mt. Gallitzin Academy of Baden, a board for which she served as its first president. Her professional memberships include the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

She is certified in New York and Pennsylvania to be a superintendent of schools. Grasinger holds a B.Ed. in math and social studies from Duquesne University, an M.T.S. in math and physics from Catholic University of America and a Ph.D. in educational administration and supervision from Syracuse University.

A resident of Monroeville, Grasinger replaces Dr. Timothy G. Rusnak, who now serves as principal at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans.

Vincentian Academy-Duquesne University maintains a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio and offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including 14 WPIAL sports, to its diverse student body hailing from the U.S. and abroad. Classes for all Vincentian Academy-Duquesne University students begin Aug. 26.

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