thought I was crazy.
press release?" Sherry said,
computer propped open on my
lap late at night.
was named the 21st president of
St. Bonaventure University.
cially taking over for Andy Roth
often felt like a pregnancy: the
anxiety and anticipation, the ex-
citement and the sleepless nights,
wondering how the people about
to enter my life June 1 would ac-
coming me to Bona's. Just a day
later, as almost 1,000 of you
began flocking back to this place
you cherish for Reunion, I was
humbled by the warmth of your
tion Saturday night on Bob
Lanier Court, your kind words
and well wishes all weekend
meant more to me than you can
know as I assume the leadership
of this remarkable institution.
was truly appreciated.
on May 3.
years at Le Moyne played a significant role in my
formation as a leader rooted in faith and charac-
ter. I'll always be grateful to them for their belief
in me and the guidance they provided.
foundation is Franciscan, formed by the friars at
Bishop Timon in Buffalo.
John Kilcoyne, a Timon classmate of mine who
one of our most revered trustees and co-chair of
SBU's Presidential Search Committee, at a Manhat-
tan dinner three days before I was introduced as
wrote to John: "I hope you like Bonnie's. I wish I
were going there."
footsteps of Francis and Clare on a pilgrimage with
a handful of university trustees through Assisi that
ultimately led to St. Peter's Square and a moment I
never dreamed possible a personal audience with
through a little broken Italian to let him know I was
mediately reached out his right hand and
gently placed it on my forehead, blessing not
only me but our university.
and the support and prayers of so many
good people affiliated with St. Bonaventure.
new "free public tuition" plan that appear
when you least expect them.
ever, establishing a sound academic and fi-
nancial foundation to ensure we will be
around for another 160 years. I'll need the
help of everyone around me, our 30,000-
plus alumni included, to make that happen.
president of St. Bonaventure, I hope that
they can say this was a special moment in
2:30 p.m. - Installation Ceremony