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New President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology Elected

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Aug 14, 1998


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For Immediate Release:

August 14, 1998



NEW YORK - The Corporate Board of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology met at the Archdiocese headquarters yesterday, and elected the Very Rev. Archimandrite Damaskinos V. Ganas as the new President of the Institution. This action followed extensive interviews with each of the leading candidates for the position, as considered by the Presidential Search Committee, which was headed by Mr. George Behrakis, the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. Before retiring into closed session for the election of the President and Board of Trustees, the Corporate Board expressed their thanks to the Search Committee and commended their diligent and thorough work, as well as their dedication to a fair and reasoned process.

The Corporate Board reviewed assessments of each candidate, all of whom were considered to be most worthy, capable and excellent candidates. The vote was unanimous for Archimandrite Damaskinos V. Ganas to become the new President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross. (A brief biographical portrait of Father Ganas is appended to this press release). The new President will commence his duties on August 15, 1998 and his official installation will take place on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14, 1998.


The Very Rev. Archimandrite Damaskinos V. Ganas, the newly elected President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, has served the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese for 27 years as a devoted and most capable clergyman. For the past fourteen years, he has led the Kimisis Theotokou Church in Brooklyn, New York, presiding over a renaissance of community life and an expansion of one of the largest Greek Orthodox parochial schools in America. Father Ganas, who was born in Greece, is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, having earned both the M.Div. and the STM degrees, with specialization in Church and Byzantine history. His undergraduate degree is in education from the Teachers Pedagogical School in Thessaloniki, and he has done post-graduate work at the Thessaloniki Theological School.

Archimandrite Ganas brings a wealth of administrative, pastoral and theological talent to the presidency of Hellenic College/Holy Cross, as well as significant fund-raising experience.

He will commence his duties as of August 15, 1998, the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, and will be installed as the 18th President of Hellenic College/Holy Cross on September 14, 1998, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.


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