Message from the President

Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, President
Barry alumna, class of 1962
October 2018

As a follow-up to my May 31 letter in which I announced my retirement from the presidency of our beloved Alma Mater, effective June 30, 2019, I want to share with you a few elements of the search process that the Barry Board of Trustees created.

Honoring their unique responsibility and authority, the Board, led by Chairperson John Bussel, is making plans for a suitable and smooth presidential transition beginning with the constitution of a Presidential Search Committee. The Committee, appointed and accountable to the Board, consists of thirteen (13) individuals who represent age, gender, ethnic, religious, geographic and professional diversity:

Seven members of the Board of Trustees (three of whom are Barry alums and one Adrian Dominican Sister appointed by the Prioress); three full-time faculty members, including one from the Law School; one full-time staff representative; the president of the Student Government Association; and a member of the Alumni Board of Directors.

Gregory Greene — Barry 1988 MBA graduate, recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award and retired Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Ryder System Inc. — is chairing the Search Committee.

The search process is broken down into five phases: Organization, Building the Candidate Pool, Evaluating Candidates, Interviewing Candidates, and Selection Recommendation. Comprehensive candidate background checks are also completed at various phases in the process. The consultants retained by the Board, AGB Search, will guide the Committee and the Board throughout the process.

I assure you that for the remainder of my tenure as your president, you can rely on me to serve you energetically and enthusiastically, remaining faithful to and focused on Barry’s Catholic, Dominican identity, its empowering Mission and Core Commitments.

I hope that you are well, safe and happy. As I go about each day on our beautiful main campus, I carry you and your loved ones in my heart and in my prayers.