Rev. Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale became President of St. Thomas University in April 1994. Prior to joining the university, the Monsignor was the Vicar General, Chancellor and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, where he also served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Seton Hall University; Governing Board of Fair Oaks Hospital, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee at Bloomfield College.
Monsignor Casale is active in a wide range of community organizations and has been a significant presence in Miami since his arrival. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Carrfour Corporation, an organization that establishes permanent housing for the homeless. His involvements also include Palmetto General Hospital; Catholic Community Foundation, Archdiocese of Miami; Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, Inc.; Board Member for the Orange Bowl Committee and Fonkoze USA, an organization to enable the economic development of Haiti's poor. He was appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush to serve on the Governor's Haiti Advisory Group. Recently, he addressed the NAICUSE (National Association of Colleges and Universities), attended the HACU meeting with US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, in Washington, D.C., and Chaired the Search Committee for the Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Miami, a position which oversees the 48 Catholic elementary schools and nine high schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties.
In higher education, Monsignor Casale's leadership positions include the Executive Council, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges; Governing Board, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; Presidents Council of Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida; Florida Association of Colleges & Universities; and Haiti-Tech, an organization he helped found that organizes and maintains a vocational/technical school in Haiti and educates over 700 Haitian students yearly.
Monsignor Casale holds degrees from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, from the Catholic University in Washington D.C., and from the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington, New Jersey.