Upon the completion of a rigorous nationwide search process, the Board of Trustees of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology announced with great joy on December 10, 2019, following the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, that George M. Cantonis had been elected the eleventh President of the institution. Subsequent to the decision of the HCHC Board of Trustees, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America immediately approved the election.
A native of Chicago, and a longtime resident of Florida, he is the President and Director of The Cantonis Company, Inc., Executive VP and Director of Acme Sponge and Chamois, Inc., and President of MGC Hotel Group. Mr. Cantonis received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Cantonis has served the Church in many capacities over the years, including various leadership positions at the local parish level as well as on the national level through the Archdiocesan Council and Leadership 100. He is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Archon Exarchos). He serves on the Board of the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium, of which Holy Cross is a member. In addition to his Church involvement, Mr. Cantonis has chaired the boards of healthcare systems and performing arts centers.
Having served previously on the HCHC Board of Trustees, he rejoined the Board in September 2018 and served as Vice Chair prior to his election as President.
In announcing the election of Mr. Cantonis, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America said, “Today, we have a renewed sense of direction in the person of George Cantonis as the new President of HCHC. He has already demonstrated his administrative acumen as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. To Mr. Cantonis I extend my paternal blessings, and I entreat the faithful members of our Archdiocese to offer prayers and full support for the newly elected President. Our Scholi has a wonderful and historic legacy that under the presidency of Mr. Cantonis will reach new heights—academically, administratively, and spiritually—to the glory of God.”
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