Message from the President

Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, President
Barry alumna, class of 1962

June 2019

As my tenure as Barry's sixth president ends on June 30, I write to thank you for the messages of appreciation you have sent to me via phone, email, and snail mail. Serving our beloved Alma Mater as president for the past fifteen years has been a sacred privilege and an esteemed honor I will treasure forever.

Though not packed in boxes, I am taking with me hundreds of cherished memories of conversations with Barry alums who represent each of the decades since our founding in 1940. Whether at annual Reunion or Homecoming events, Buccaneer games, concerts, art exhibits, and theater productions, alumni gatherings in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, I have always enjoyed meeting you and hearing about your life and your loved ones. Also memorable were those occasions at a professional, community or educational meeting when someone would approach me to say, “Sister, I graduated from Barry.” Thanks for the memories!

After time away, I shall return in January 2020 to work as the Founding Director of the newly created Adrian Dominican Institute for Mission and Leadership. My office will be on the second floor of Thompson Hall. If you are on campus, please stop by for a visit. By action of the Barry University Board of Trustees, I am also “President Emerita,” a distinction I value and for which I am most grateful.

Please join me in offering a very warm Barry welcome to our seventh President, Dr. Mike Allen, who will assume the presidency on July 1. Dr. Allen, his wife Beth, and their children Maya and James, are making their home in Miami Shores. I look forward to the new programs and creative innovations that Dr. Allen will bring to our University.

My dear alums, you can count on me to carry you in my heart and in my daily prayers. As alums, let's always be BARRY proud!