- Associated Press - Monday, February 17, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Transylvania University has named Seamus Carey as the 26th president at the institution in central Kentucky.

Carey comes from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., where he serves as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He was named a finalist for the position last month along with three others, including former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

Dr. Carey was chosen from a strong pool of candidates because of his dedication to the liberal arts and his academic and administrative experience, first as a philosophy professor and most recently as dean,” Transylvania Board of Trustees Chairman William T. Young Jr. said in a statement.

Media report that Carey is expected to start in the role on July 1.

“I am honored to receive this appointment,” Carey said in a statement from the school. “I look forward to joining the Transylvania community.”

The liberal arts college in downtown Lexington was founded in 1780. It has 1,100 students.

At Sacred Heart, which has 3,600 undergraduate and 650 graduate students, Carey has supervised 121 full-time faculty, 18 department chairs and eight graduate program directors.

The former president at Transylvania, R. Owen Williams, resigned last year shortly after a no-confidence vote by the faculty.

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