The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) at Seton Hill has named Tim Crain as their new director, effective July 1.
Crain will also teach as an assistant professor in the Genocide and Holocaust Studies program because of his experience with Holocaust education in Wisconsin.
“I am honored to be the Center’s new Director. The position ties together my two areas of specialization, Holocaust education and Jewish-Catholic relations,” said Crain in a Seton Hill University press release. “I plan to continue building and expanding this outstanding program that was started more than a quarter century ago. I look forward to working with the Advisory Board, alumni, friends, benefactors and community leaders to advance the Center.”
Crain will replace Sister Gemma Del Duca, one of the co-founding directors of the NCCHE. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and Marquette University, where he teaches courses on Holocaust studies, modern Jewish history and the comparative history of religions.
Del Duca and Sister Mary Noel Kernan founded the NCCHE in 1987 because of the encouragement of Pope John Paul II to promote the study of the Holocaust. Sister Del Duca will continue to serve as a consultant for the Yad Vashem in Israel.
“He [Crain] has been an outstanding teacher and an active academic involved in community, especially Jewish community affairs. He also brings to the position experience in programming, grant writing, and bridge building, all of which will be needed to move the Center forward into our fast moving technological world,” said Sister Del Duca.
“Dr. Tim Crain’s skills in bridge building will be invaluable in reaffirming Seton Hill University’s deep commitment to Holocaust education within the context of Catholic history and identity and in the ongoing dialogue with Holocaust survivors, Catholic leaders, educators, scholars, and students,” she continued.
Crain has been the recipient of Outstanding Teaching Awards in 1999 and 1992 and also an Outstanding Service Award in 2010.
Crain has three bachelor’s degrees including philosophy, political science and history and a master’s degree in British and Modern European from Marquette University. He earned his Ph.D. with specialization in Modern Jewish, Modern Europe and Modern Middle East history from Arizona State University.
Crain, along with his wife Paula, has three children, Kennedy, Jack and Carson.
“I am confident that he [Crain] will build on the vision of the founding co-directors while taking the Center and its programs, particularly The Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference, to new levels of significance,” said Sister Lois Sculco in a press release from the university. “All of us are very aware that Dr. Crain’s appointment comes at a time when our world faces tremendous discord. The challenges in the Ukraine underscore the need for the kind of work the Center supports—mending the world through education, understanding, and reconciliation.”