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Campbell named interim president at St. John's Catholic Prep

August 17, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. -- Jack Campbell, former vice president and provost at Mount St. Mary's University, has been named interim president at St. John's Catholic Prep, according to Greg Harraka, board of trustees chairman at the school.

A search will be launched to select a permanent president of the institution.

Campbell served as VP/provost for 17 years and then spent 13 years as professor of education at Mount St. Mary's. During that time, he held the Class of 1964 Endowed Professorship. He researched and taught in Scotland during a sabbatical leave and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky.

He has published many articles in educational journals, and three books on teaching and learning. He is the recipient of a bicentennial medal and the Richards Prize for outstanding teaching from Mount St. Mary's, and the McElroy Award from Friends of Catholic Education. He also has experience as a high school teacher and coach.

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St. John's is the only Catholic high school in Frederick County, Md., and has provided Catholic education for 180 years.

"I wasn't looking for a job," Campbell said, "but I am so committed to the mission of SJCP that I eagerly accepted this interim position when it was offered to me."

Campbell earned his B.S. from Mount St. Mary's, his master's from the University of Delaware and his doctorate from Penn State University.

He and his wife, Jackie, have four grown children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. They live in Thurmont, Md. They are members of Saint Katharine Drexel Parish.

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