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Transylvania University will inaugurate President Seamus Carey on Friday

Seamus Carey
has been on the job more than a year, but will be formally inaugurated by Transy this week.
Seamus Carey has been on the job more than a year, but will be formally inaugurated by Transy this week. Lexington Herald-Leader

Transylvania University will inaugurate Seamus Carey as its 26th president at 10 a.m. Friday in Haggin Auditorium.

Carey has been on the job since July 2014, but the school has not held a formal investiture. The ceremony will feature an inaugural address by Carey and a speech by Carey's former professor and mentor, Michael McCarthy, a retired professor of philosophy at Vassar College in New York state.

Other speakers will include Mayor Jim Gray; Gary S. Cox, president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities; and Terry Birdwhistell, dean of libraries at the University of Kentucky.

Transylvania University board chairman William T. Young Jr. will conduct the ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

Carey came to Transy from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, where he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He majored in economics at Vassar, then was hired by Fordham University with a doctorate in philosophy.

He taught at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark and at Manhattan College before going to Sacred Heart.

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