This July, Chaminade University welcomed Bro. Edward Brink, S.M. as its new rector.
Familiar with Hawaii in general and Chaminade specifically, Bro. Brink served as a regent for the University from 2007 to 2015. Concurrently, he served the Society of Mary as the Assistant for Education for the Marianist Province of the United States. His responsibilities included overseeing the relationships between the Province and three Marianist universities: Chaminade University of Honolulu, University of Dayton (UD), and St. Mary’s University-San Antonio. He also oversaw the relationships between the Province and sponsored schools, such as Saint Louis School, planning and executing programs for teachers and administrators of those schools. In addition, he served as a member of the Provincial Council and as a board member for Saint Louis School.
“Bro. Brink’s faithfulness as a Marianist educator is exemplary and long standing. He has a heart for the ongoing process of faith formation for everyone — our faculty, staff, administration and students,” said Bro. Bernard Ploeger, S.M., the president of Chaminade University. “I have no doubt that he will continue to help create community of shared purpose.”
Bro. Brink has a wide-range of experience that will align well with his new responsibilities. Previously at UD, he served as the director for the Center for Catholic Education and as UD’s Lalanne director. He taught there as an adjunct instructor from 1999 to 2007. At Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School (CJ), he began as teacher in 1985, and in 1989 he taught part-time and worked in campus ministry part-time. Subsequently he was named director of Faculty and Staff Development and then principal from 1994 to 1998. Bro. Brink was recognized in 1991 as one of the top 10 teachers in Catholic schools with the Valued Excellence Award from the Miami Valley Education Council.
Bro. Brink received his Master of Arts degree in Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco and received his Ohio Teaching Certificate from University of Dayton. He also received a Bachelor of Technology (Environmental Engineering Technology). He has contributed to 10 entries in Catholic Schools in the United States: An Encyclopedia; Hunt, Thomas C., Ellis, Joseph A., and Nuzzi, Ronald J. (Greenwood Press, 2004).
Father George Cerniglia, S.M., Chaminade’s previous rector, will continue to serve as the university’s chaplain and as a member of the campus ministry team. Fr. Cerniglia also serves as area coordinator for the Marianists in Hawaii and director of the Hale Malia community.