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New Provost Stephen Healey Begins Work At University Of Bridgeport

University of Bridgeport President Neil Salonen announced the appointment of Stephen Healey as the school’s new Provost.
University of Bridgeport President Neil Salonen announced the appointment of Stephen Healey as the school’s new Provost. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Stephen Healey is on the job as the new provost at the University of Bridgeport, President Neil Salonen has announced.

Healey, who succeeds provost Hans van der Giessen, first joined UB in 1998, as an assistant professor of world religions at the School of Arts & Sciences. 

“I am delighted by this appointment. I look forward to working with President Salonen, the deans, and the whole University community to advance the University’s academic mission,” Healey said. 

He has filled various roles in his career at UB, advancing in academic leadership on campus. In 2010, he was named dean of Arts & Sciences, and in 2013, he was appointed associate provost, where his more recent duties included chairing UB’s NEASC self-study during the 2014-15 academic year. 

Healey earned a doctorate in theological ethics from Boston College in 1996. He holds a master of arts in theological ethics from Andover Newton Theological School and a bachelor of arts in religion from Eastern Nazarene College. 

Van der Giessen will continue to serve UB as a senior member of the President’s Office. 

“Our UB community is indebted to Dr. van der Giessen for his leadership and guidance over the last three years," Salonen said. 

Healey’s appointment concludes a national search led by the Boston-based firm, Isaacson, Miller. 

“Isaacson, Miller and our Search Committee did an outstanding job. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the search process for Provost, representing a great deal of time and effort, screening a large pool of candidates, narrowing down to five finalists,” Salonen said. 

“After weighing their talents and experience, and receiving feedback from the UB community, the strongest choice was very clear. Our institution is well positioned to pursue the challenges that we have identified and committed to in our recent NEASC self-study, which Steve has so ably chaired. I have great confidence that he can provide the academic leadership to achieve those goals," he added.

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