University announces temporary rector for Breen-Phillips Hall
Observer Staff Report | Monday, February 19, 2018
Director of residential life for rector recruitment, hiring and retention Breyan Tornifolio will act as the Breen-Phillips Hall interim rector throughout the rest of the spring semester, according to an email sent Friday to the Breen-Phillips community from Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president of student affairs.
Tornifolio previously supervised Sister Mary McNamara, the former rector of BP who died Feb. 7 due to complications following a stroke. According to the email, Tornifolio also served as rector of Pasquerilla East Hall from 2006 to 2009 and Ryan Hall from 2009 to 2013, for which she was the “inaugural rector.” She has taken on various leadership roles since then for the University, including being “the primary staff person for planning the University’s celebration” in honor of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh after his death in 2015, the email said.
Tornifolio, who also serves as the chaplain of the women’s basketball team, graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University with a degree in psychology and earned her masters in higher education from Geneva College. In the email, Hoffmann Harding said the University administration will hire a permanent rector for Breen-Phillips Hall this spring as part of the regular hiring cycle for new rectors.