Dennis Golden Receives Sanctae Crucis Award

Holy Cross Athletics   09-11-2014
Holy Cross Athletics

WORCESTER, Mass. - Dennis Golden, a 1963 Holy Cross graduate and a former football player for the Crusaders, has been selected as one of this year's recipients of the Sanctae Crucis Award. Each year, Holy Cross honors alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and in the service of justice with this award, the highest non-degree accolade that the College bestows on its alumni.

In 1995, Golden was named president of Fontbonne University in St. Louis, the first male, married, and lay president of the Catholic university shepherded by the Sisters of St. Joseph's.  During his 19-tenure (he retired earlier this year), he increased enrollment to an all-time high, oversaw a name change and a record-setting capital campaign.  He made outreach to underserved populations a priority of  his presidency, and he also served as professor of education.  

A scholarship football player at Holy Cross under legendary coach Dr. Eddie Anderson, Golden was twice named All-New England and All-East, and earned Associated Press All-American honorable mention.  He co-captained the Crusaders' 1962 football team with fellow Hall of Famer Tom Hennessy, and was a member of the Quantico 1963 Armed Forces Championship football team.  After graduation (he majored in history) he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys but turned down a pro offer to enter the Marines.  

Following military service, he earned his master's in counseling from Assumption College, and then received a doctorate in higher education administration from Boston College.  He taught and worked in student affairs at Duquesne University, University of Louisville, the University of Missouri, and Framingham State. He also coached college football on the Division I and Division III levels for 13 years.

Golden has been a member of numerous college and university accreditation teams.  He is a nationally-recognized authority on pluralism and diversity, and has written, published and consulted about law and higher education, executive leadership, enrollment management, strategic planning, student affairs, intercollegiate athletics, community service and the presidency.  He is past president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

Now living in Huntersville, North Carolina, he and his wife Monica are parents of three grown children, including Dennis J. Golden, a member of the Class of 1989. 

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