Marian University announced today that it has named Robert Fale (Fah' lee) as its interim president.
Fale will serve in this role as a national search is conducted to replace Dr. Steven DiSalvo, who is leaving Marian University effective May 31 for a new position. The search is anticipated to take a year.
Fale is very familiar with Marian University and its sponsoring organization, the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA). Fale served 16 years as president and chief executive officer at Agnesian HealthCare, also a CSA-sponsored institution, before retiring from that position in late 2011. That same year, he received the prestigious George Becker Business Spirit Award from Marian University.
"We are excited to welcome Bob Fale to Marian University as we strive to continually excel and provide the most beneficial educational experience for our students," stated John Nelson, Marian University Board of Trustees chairperson.
"Mr. Fale's long-standing relationship with CSA and his knowledge of the culture, customs and mission of a CSA-sponsored institution, make him the ideal leader for this interim period," Nelson added. "He will enable the university to continue moving forward until a successor to Dr. DiSalvo takes office."
Fale's extensive experience in guiding organizations will benefit Marian University during this time of transition.
"I appreciate the trust and confidence that Marian University leaders are instilling in me," said Fale. "I look forward to the opportunity to hit the ground running by working with the many committed members of the Marian community and moving forward collaboratively to help drive innovative initiatives that perpetuate academic excellence and service."
Since January 2012, Fale has served as president and chief executive officer of Robert Fale HealthCare Consulting, LLC. In this role, he has served as a strategic advisor to C-suite and governing boards of integrated healthcare delivery systems. He specializes in turnaround expertise, interim leadership, strategic planning and plan execution.
Prior to joining Agnesian HealthCare, Fale served as an executive with Catholic Health Initiatives, and previously was president and chief executive officer with Mercy Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho.
Fale will take office June 17, 2013.