Rev. Bernard M. Tracey, C. M., Executive Vice President for Mission, has contributed to campus life for more than 30 years. An alumnus, Fr. Tracey served as Campus Minister from 1984 to 1986. During that time, he also directed the Vincentian Service Corps at the University and at Immaculate Conception Church in Philadelphia (1983–86). He went on to hold top administrative posts at St. John’s University as: Assistant Vice President and Director of the 125th Anniversary (1993–95); Associate Vice President and Acting Director of Public Relations (1995–96); Executive Assistant to the President (1996–97); Vice President of Institutional Advancement (1997–03); and Vice President for University Relations (2003–06). He was appointed to the University’s Board of Trustees (2013–14), while serving as Superior of St. Vincent’s Seminary in Philadelphia, from 2006 to 2014.
Fr. Tracey held many pastoral positions beyond the University, which underscore his commitment to Catholic and Vincentian education. A Director of Campus Ministry at Niagara University in the late seventies and early eighties, Fr. Tracey served also as an Associate Pastor and Campus Minister at St. Mary’s Parish, in Greensboro, NC (1974–75); Associate Pastor of St. Vincent De Paul Parish in Philadelphia (1975–79); and Pastor at Philadelphia’s Immaculate Conception Church (1981–84).
Fr. Tracey’s call to service impacted a wide variety of organizations and agencies, which benefited from his leadership. He was a member of the Board of St. John’s Italian Cultural Center and the local Community Business Advisory Board. In addition to his work as a University trustee, other educational organizations and institutions he served in this capacity include: St. John’s Preparatory School, the Depaul Catholic School and the Germantown Systemic Change Initiative. Since 2009, he chaired the Board of Trustees at Depaul USA and was a Board member of Depaul International. A past board member and chair of the Catholic Network of Volunteer Service, Fr. Tracey currently serves on the Board of Directors at Covenant House Pennsylvania (2012–present). Previously he served on the Board of the Vincentian Service Corps (2002–2004), Advisors of the Marianist Volunteer Service Corps (1989–91), the Mercy Corps (1989–96), the Good Shepherd Volunteers (1994–97), the Miraculous Medal Association (2002–08), and the Vincentian Service Scholars (2006–10).
Fr. Tracey received his bachelor’s degree from St. John’s in 1970, with a major in sociology and a minor in philosophy. He earned his master’s in divinity from Mary Immaculate Seminary in 1974.