NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Congregation of Holy Cross has awarded a Spirit of Holy Cross Award to Thomas Greene, who has served at the University of Portland for more than 35 years. Greene, who has announced his retirement to take effect in June, has been provost since 2013.

The award is given annually to lay collaborators who serve the U.S. Province of priests and brothers.

The constitutions of the congregation say that lay people and religious witness to one another in a shared mission.

Greene began as adjunct instructor at U.P. in 1983. He spent many years in public education, serving as a principal of East Orient School in Gresham, superintendent of the Orient School District, and assistant superintendent of the Beaverton and Gresham-Barlow School Districts.

In 2004, he became associate dean of the School of Education at U.P. and then was named associate provost and dean of the graduate school in 2007. From 2012 to 2013, he served as interim dean in the school of education, then interim provost from 2012 to 2013. When announcing Greene’s upcoming retirement, Holy Cross Father Mark Poorman, university president, commended Greene’s vision, leadership and commitment to the university and thanked him for his leadership in the addition of multiple new degree programs that have helped increase graduation and retention rates.     

Six more people, including two married couples and a Peruvian catechist at mission church, received honors from the Indiana-based congregation.