St. Bonaventure University

Foster Center Events

The William C. Foster '62 Center for Responsible Leadership at St. Bonaventure University hosts speakers and programs each semester aimed at encouraging and inspiring students and members of the Olean area at large to develop responsible leadership skills that will stay with them throughout their careers. Please return to this site often for news about future Foster Center events.

Upcoming Foster Center events


For the 2024 Spring Conference, "Leadership in Catholic Higher Education," we welcome scholarship related to Catholic higher education, the purpose of the university, and the role of leadership. Select papers will be eligible for publication in a special edition of the AFCU (Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities) Journal.


Deadline: Feb. 1, 2024



2024 Spring ConferenceApril 19-20, 2024

Leadership in Catholic Higher Education:
Knowing Our Past to Guide Our Future

This conference will explore the ways in which universities can continue to change and be influential in society.
Keynote Speaker
Michael Naughton webMichael Naughton, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota

Dr. Naughton holds the Koch Chair in Catholic Studies and is a full professor in the department of Catholic Studies. He also taught in the College of Business for over 20 years. He is the author, co-author and co-editor of 12 books and monographs and more than 60 articles. Learn more.

Conference at a glance:
  • Friday, April 19: Conference meet-and-greet followed by lavish buffet and keynote address

  • Saturday, April 20: Concurrent sessions throughout the day
Conference Registration:
Conference Payment:
Pay now 34 pt centeredsized

Past Foster Center events