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Academic history
Ph.D., Philosophy, Fordham University, 1996
M.A., Philosophy, Fordham University, 1993
B.A., Economics, Vassar College, 1987

Seamus Carey has brought a sense of renewal to Transylvania University since becoming the 26th president in 2014. Under his leadership, the campus is being transformed by major building projects—including the construction of three new residence halls and Alumni Plaza and the renovation of the J. Douglas Gay Jr./Frances Carrick Thomas Library and the iconic Haupt Humanities Building. He also initiated the 100 Doors to Success Mentoring Program, which helps students transition from college to the workplace, and Project One, a coordinated effort to deepen the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Before coming to Transylvania, Dr. Carey was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. Previously he was chairman of the philosophy department at Manhattan College, where he served on the faculty senate, as chair of the School of Arts curriculum committee and as director of the university’s Center for Professional Ethics.

Value of the liberal arts

He came to campus with a keen sense of academic mission. He firmly believes the liberal arts are more important now than ever, as issues facing the next wave of academics and professionals—from the economy to the environment to the evolving nature of personal relationships—grow in complexity. So he has committed the campus to its liberal arts foundation while emphasizing career and graduate school preparation to ensure Transylvania students can compete for top positions with anyone in the country. That Transylvania is located in the heart of downtown Lexington, an energetic and thriving city, made that mission all the more clear to Dr. Carey. He has focused on engaging with the Lexington community in order to enhance students’ academic experience through internships, mentorships and service opportunities. A new branding initiative, unveiled in September 2015, serves to represent those ideals to the world outside the campus borders.

Carey occasionally writes about issues relating to the liberal arts for The Huffington Post.

Personal information

Dr. Carey earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Vassar College in 1987 and went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy, both from Fordham University. His areas of philosophical interest include 20th century continental philosophy, environmental philosophy and ethics. Dr. Carey’s numerous articles and books focus on the intersection of philosophy, parenting and family life. His writing credits include “Growing Up with Your Children: 7 Turning Points in the Lives of Parents,” “The Faithful Parent: Discovering the Spirit of Purposeful Parenting” and “The Whole Child: Restoring Wonder to the Art of Parenting.”

He and his wife, Noreen, have three children—Caitriona, Anna and James. He remains an avid sportsman, having played basketball at Vassar College as well as Irish football and hurling, and enthusiastically supports the Transylvania athletic teams from the stands.

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