It has been a year since I arrived on campus to meet the community for the first time in Frazier Hall. It has been nine months since Bill and I pulled the moving truck into the driveway of our new home a mile from the back of campus in the Highlands. I moved into the president’s office in the W.L. Lyons Brown Library in June and have now made a second move to the new president’s office in Centro’s McGowan Hall. The building is a beautiful center where students, faculty and staff gather.
There have been so many “firsts” this year, and with each month, I become more acquainted with and bonded to Bellarmine. I make gallant attempts to attend speeches, events, games, plays, art exhibits, musical performances, prospective student and alumni gatherings, Masses, scholars’ competitions, mock court performances, and the list goes on. Bill and I cannot make it to all of the wonderful traditions and events, but each one brings us closer to the heart and soul of the Bellarmine community.
There are so many markers of distinction for this fine university. I am thrilled to be the chief advocate for the hard work and talent of so many. I stand in awe of the excellence assembled among our faculty, students and staff. It affirms my sense from a year ago that there is little need to change the culture and environment of this place; rather, our task should be to shout our praises from the rooftop for the transformative experience of educating our students to live inspired lives of meaning and purpose. The world is not prepared for what Bellarmine is about to contribute to higher education and society at large.
A strategic planning process led by Dr. Sean Ryan, the vice president for Enrollment Management and dean of Continuing and Professional Studies, Dr. Nancy York, the dean of the Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences, and a 25-member steering committee of faculty and staff is in full swing, and we continue to reach beyond our campus community to parents, alumni, leaders in the Louisville community and all who care so deeply about the future of this great institution. I continue to travel to regional receptions in Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Bardstown and Florida to meet with our alumni and friends.
Coming from such a position of strength, Bellarmine University is about to chart its course for the next seven years and beyond. We will do so boldly and with great enthusiasm. Stay tuned ….
Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D. | firstname.lastname@example.org