Great Falls, Montana—March 25, 2020
Father Oliver Doyle has officially been named the 10th President of the University of Providence. Fr. Doyle has been successfully serving as interim President since July 2019. After thorough consideration, the Board of Trustees has voted to make his appointment permanent.
“We are at an important time in the history of our school, and Fr. Doyle has shown both the leadership and the passion to take us into the future,” said Terry Cosgrove, Chair of the University of Providence Board of Trustees. “He embraces the mission of our school to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a liberal education for living and for making a living.”
Fr. Doyle’s dedication to the University of Providence community has shone brightly over the past 8-months as interim President – working collaboratively with the University’s board of trustees, executive leadership, faculty, and staff to ensure greater educational and employment opportunities.
As an accomplished and highly experienced leader in higher education, Fr. Doyle has worked to push the University’s strategic vision and mission forward, improving upon existing degree programs and optimizing financial resources. He has boosted the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Health Professions to help today’s and future students achieve their life goals.
“I’m honored to accept this challenge at this time. Our students inspire me every day to do everything we can do to provide them a values-based education that will help them succeed in life,” said Fr. Doyle. “I also appreciate Bishop Warfel for allowing me to pursue this opportunity.”
At a time of great need due to the spread of COVID-19, Fr. Doyle has exemplified superb leadership and decision-making skills – acting quickly to make our community as safe and healthy as possible. As the University’s new President, Fr. Doyle will continue to provide the security and comfort that students, faculty and staff, and executive leadership need during turbulent times – whether that comes in the form of a health crisis or educational challenges. Fr. Doyle is poised to help the University of Providence navigate and mitigate these challenges.
Fr. Doyle is no stranger to the University of Providence and Great Falls Community, having started as a theology teacher at the university in 2001 and becoming the University’s Vice President of Mission Integration in 2016. Previously, Fr. Doyle was the chaplain of the Central Catholic High School in Great Falls and served as pastor of St. Ann’s Cathedral of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings. A native Irishman, Fr.