Brother Jack Curran
Vice President for Development of Bethlehem University
New York, USA
Biography: Before going to Bethlehem in 2003, Brother Jack served in senior administrative posts at Saint Mary’s College in California and Manhattan College in the Bronx. He earned his doctoral and master degrees in social work from the University of New York at Albany, and has a B.A. in physics and religious studies from Manhattan College in the Bronx, New York. Brother Jack, a native of Troy, New York, is the eldest of seven children born to Kay and Jack Curran – and the proud uncle to 15 nephews and nieces and grand uncle to a grand nephew and a grand niece.
Brother Jack Curran, FSC, PhD, is entering his 10th year as Vice President for Development of Bethlehem University. Bethlehem University is the first university established in Palestine and the first Catholic university in the Holy Land. The University was founded in 1973 through the joint efforts of the Vatican, the international Catholic religious order of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Palestinian educators, and community leaders in order to serve the Christians in the Holy Land in a way to support their desires to remain in their homeland.
As Vice President for Development, Brother Jack works with staff in Bethlehem and Washington, DC as well as with volunteers in Canada, England, Germany, the Holy Land, Ireland, Rome, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Together, the University staff and volunteers work to raise awareness of the programs and achievements of Bethlehem University in an effort to promote and assist the faculty and staff and to raise funds to further enhance quality teaching, research, community service, and employment opportunities for students and graduates.
Among the significant points of contact that the students and faculty at Bethlehem University has with the growing network of friends and benefactors is through the thousands of pilgrim group visitors who are welcomed to the campus of Bethlehem University each year. In addition, Church and government leaders as well as academics from universities in North America and Europe visit Bethlehem University and establish cooperative relationships and projects designed to enhance the educational service provided to the people of the Holy Land.