Elms College names president emerita

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CHICOPEE — Sister Kathleen C. Keating was recently named president emerita of the College of Our Lady of the Elms by its board of trustees in recognition of the lasting impact she has had on the college.

A Springfield native, who once served as a teacher at the former St. Joseph High School in North Adams, Keating was installed as the seventh president of Elms College in 1994. During her tenure, from 1994 to 2001, Elms College underwent extensive changes. In 1997, the college voted to admit male students to all programs of the college, which helped stabilize a declining enrollment.

The college added four new undergraduate majors and one new master's degree program. She more than doubled the school's endowment from $2.3 million to $5.8 million, and oversaw various campus improvement projects including the building of the Maguire Center. She also oversaw the establishment of the Irish and Polish Cultural Centers on the Elms College campus.

A 1952 graduate of Elms College, Keating received a master's degree from Villanova University and a doctoral degree from Fordham University. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1953. She was assistant professor of history at Elms College from 1966 to 1975, and also served as chair of the college's division of social sciences.

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