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Le Moyne Inaugurates 13th President and First Permanent Lay Leader

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., was officially inaugurated on Fri., April 24, as the 13th president of Le Moyne College at a ceremony on the Le Moyne campus. The ceremony, attended by more than 500 people, included greetings from U.S. Representative Daniel Maffei, Onondaga County Executive Joanne Mahoney, Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll, and Assemblymen William Barclay and Al Stirpe. Also speaking at the ceremony was the Very Rev. Charles L. Currie, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. In addition, the Very Rev. David S. Ciancimino, S.J., provincial of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus, provided the missioning for the Jesuit institution. Representatives from over 50 colleges and universities attended the event.


Dr. Fred P. Pestello, who is the first permanent lay leader of the College, became president on July 1, 2008. He came to Le Moyne after spending 24 years at the University of Dayton, most recently serving as provost and senior vice president for educational affairs.


In his inaugural speech, Pestello spoke about what he called the Le Moyne Way:


“This is a place where character and integrity matter, deeply,” he said, “where each individual is important and where all are encouraged to be fully, authentically themselves.”  


He added, “In the finest Jesuit tradition, we fundamentally commit ourselves to sustained intellectual inquiry and reflection. Le Moyne is a place where we challenge ourselves and our students to excellence, and we seek to define that excellence within our wider mission and purpose.”


At the College’s fall convocation, Pestello initiated OneLeMoyne, a campus-wide conversation addressing the crucial question of “What must Le Moyne become?” In his address at the inauguration, he spoke about the insights gained from that conversation, which is ongoing, asking the community to join him in pledging to work “to ensure that at Le Moyne College, our way of proceeding, today and tomorrow, is one where spirit, inquiry, and leadership powerfully converge to model excellence, deepen faith, spur the intellect, build character and form confident citizens leading meaningful lives committed to transformative justice.”


Founded in 1946, Le Moyne is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the first to open as a coed institution.


posted on: 4/24/2009