Brother Daniel Gardner, FSC, was named interim president of Manhattan College this summer. A member of the Manhattan community for the past six years, Brother Daniel has served the College in both academic and administrative capacities, including, most recently, as assistant director of the Center for Graduate School and Fellowship Advisement. During his tenure at Manhattan, he has also served as an adjunct instructor of religious studies, as well as teaching religion and Catholic social justice classes in the Camino Program and pre-health classes in the School of Science.
Brother Daniel came to the College as assistant director of admission in 2016, having spent the previous decade as a school principal, first at Resurrection School in New York City and later at St. Raymond High School for Boys in the Bronx. Earlier in his career, he taught English and religious studies at the Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey, before becoming associate principal of the school from 1999-2004.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Brother Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature magna cum laude from La Salle University in 1994. He went on to earn a master’s degree in theology and pastoral studies, also from La Salle, in 1996. He is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at The Catholic University of America, with degree conferral anticipated in summer 2022. Brother Daniel has also received a certificate in spiritual direction from Fordham University, and a professional diploma in administration from Manhattan. He studied for his novitiate as a De La Salle Christian Brother in Skaneateles, New York, and completed his scholasticate at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
He holds membership in a number of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Practical Theology, the National Association of Fellowship Advisors, and Spiritual Directors International.
Brother Daniel’s commitment to the wider community is evident through his service and leadership at several educational institutions. He has served on the Board of Trustees of La Salle University, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, New York, and Saint Gabriel’s School in the Bronx, among others.