St. Bonaventure's Presidential Medallion is placed on the shoulders of Dr. Jeff Gingerich at his Oct. 1 installation.

St. Bonaventure University


Gingerich installed as 22nd President

Oct. 1 inauguration ceremony formally installs Dr. Jeff Gingerich as the 22nd president of St. Bonaventure University.

Gingerich at podiumA humble farm boy from Iowa was formally installed Saturday as St. Bonaventure University’s 22nd president, an accomplishment Dr. Jeff Gingerich ascribes to his Midwestern roots and the unflinching support of his wife, Betsy.

Gingerich’s parents, in-laws, Betsy and their five children were among the scores of family, friends and former colleagues who joined hundreds of members of the Bonaventure community and delegates from 27 colleges and universities at the Reilly Center Arena for his formal installation ceremony.

 “Without a doubt, my most important mentors have been my parents,” said Gingerich, who took office as SBU’s president June 21.

“I want you all to know that any creativity and love of beauty in this world that I bring to this campus comes from my mother. Any sense of wisdom and absolute kindness comes from my father. I could not be more fortunate to have had these two as my true mentors and models my entire life.”

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LEFT/TOP: Gingerich addresses family, friends, colleagues, the university community and distinguished guests at his inauguration on Saturday, Oct. 1. RIGHT/BOTTOM: Dr. Rick Trietley Jr., president of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, congratulates Gingerich after addressing the gathering. Trietley is the former vice president of Student Affairs at St. Bonaventure.