anniversary in 2008. New buildings
sprung up for recreation, rare books, din-
ing, the sciences, business and ministries
(to open in 2017). Old buildings and
spaces for the sciences, athletics, dining,
spiritual reflection and residence life were
story well about what we needed and
why we needed it," said Bob Daugherty,
current chair of the Board and leader of
the fundraising campaign to build the
Swan Business Center. "And then Sr. Mar-
garet would get up and they would want
to give her the money as soon as she left
the stage because she was so compelling
of a speaker."
fly rule in baseball -- and it would be the
best speech about the infield fly rule you
ever heard. And she rarely spoke from a
in leadership capacities," McGinley said.
"She may be the best public speaker I
have ever heard."
"Her capacity on a moment's notice to
said Dr. Emily Morris, who served under
her for nine years as vice president for
university relations. "I would often ask
her, `From where did you get the inspira-
tion to say that?' And she'd say, "From
the Holy Spirit.'"
"But then I came to realize that's proba-
"That I worked for a person who truly
was driven by and guided by faith was a
light was on in Hopkins Hall after 10 p.m.,
it was almost always hers.
every once in a while," said Ray Dee, a
member of the Class of 1964 and Board
chair from 2012-2015.
much the way that religious embrace their
ministerial calling. Personal leisure is a
value, but not a priority. I'm here to serve."
should be grateful for," Morris said. "We
had her 24/7/365. She was St. Bonaventure
from the time she woke up until the time
she went to bed. That's not a realistic ex-
pectation for any leader, religious or not."
Sister's chief financial officer for her entire
run as president. Early on in her career,
McGee gave a business vendor an answer
about a contract renegotiation that he
didn't care for. So the vendor went over
her head to Sr. Margaret.
certainly had that right," McGee said.
"But when he said he didn't want to talk
to me but to the men of the university
who could make a decision ... well, I've
never seen anyone so quickly escorted out
of a CEO's office with grace, of course."
10 men's basketball title game in Atlantic
City the next day. Sr. Margaret was
when McGee called. The president
wanted desperately to get to the game,
but didn't think she could drive herself.
McGee offered immediately and off they
first and then revealing, `The reason I
called, Sister, is that my team is playing in
the A-10 Championship tomorrow, and I
need all of those nuns down on their
knees praying for us," McGee recalls.
"She must have called eight or 10 con-
vents on the East Coast."
do that, but I did that day," she said with
a smile -- Sr. Margaret said she was
"spooked out" when she walked into
Mass that Sunday morning and heard an
Irish hymn she had heard maybe one
other time in her life.
won that game," she said.
Margaret grabbed star Andrew Nicholson
and thanked him, then was hoisted in the
air and twirled about by injured guard
she was, nine years later, on the polar op-
posite end of the emotional spectrum.
Personally, she was thrilled. But she was
ecstatic for "all the people in the stands