PROVIDENCE — Providence College President Father Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P., has announced the elevation of Ann Manchester-Molak ’75, the College’s vice president for external affairs, marketing and board relations, as his new executive vice president (EVP). PC’s EVP serves as the second in command at the College. Fr. Sicard has held the position for the past fifteen years, serving under the former president, Father Brian J. Shanley, O.P. Father Sicard’s tenure as president began on July 1 of this year.
A longtime resident of Barrington, Manchester-Molak is a member of the first class of women to graduate from Providence College in 1975. She earned a B.A. in Humanities, and also holds an M.A. in communications/journalism from Purdue University. She was a special lecturer for the PC School of Continuing Education from 2002-2012, and has been a member of the Public Relations Society of America since 1996.
“Ann is very visible, well-known and highly respected in the Providence College community. Her appointment to executive vice president marks the latest step in a long career of service to her alma mater across multiple operational areas. She has been an invaluable and trusted colleague for many years, and I believe she is eminently qualified to succeed me as executive vice president,” said Father Sicard.
Manchester-Molak joined the PC staff in 1980 as director of public information after working as a television journalist. She later served as the founding executive director of the College’s first onsite publications center (now the Department of Marketing Communications), and later was named executive director for college events, with oversight for the College’s major events and conferences. In 2006, Ms. Manchester-Molak was appointed assistant vice president for college relations and planning, a position she held until 2010 when she joined the President’s Office as executive assistant to the president and executive vice president/treasurer.
Over the course of nearly a decade in the College’s executive office, Manchester-Molak implemented protocols and established relationships that have enhanced vital collaborations involving the College’s Board of Trustees, the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, the Diocese of Providence, state government officials and other constituencies, both internal and external.