Dear members of the Saint Mary's College community,
After serving with distinction since 2005 as our Vice President for Advancement, Brother Stan Sobczyk has decided that he is ready to move on to the next chapter in his life. He will continue in his current assignment through May 2008. We will begin a national search for his successor early next year.
While a member of the Brothers' Midwest District, Brother Stan has deep Saint Mary's roots. He has served here on three occasions: from 1990 to 1993 in our School of Education; from 1994 to 1998 developing and managing various Lasallian formation activities including Soup and Substance; and, since 2005 leading advancement initiatives. Between these assignments, Brother Stan served for seven years as president of Christian Brothers University in Memphis and one year engaged in Lasallian studies in Rome.
Under Brother Stan's capable leadership, giving to the College has steadily increased. He was instrumental to the culmination of fundraising efforts that endowed the Kalmanovitz School of Education and enabled the construction of Filippi Academic Hall. Engagement with alumni and other friends has been reinvigorated through increased communication efforts, a revitalized Board of Regents, and highly successful events such as the Brother Mel Roast and last summer's Reunion Weekend, one of the best-attended in recent memory. Brother Stan also spearheaded the efficient relocation of our Advancement staff to the Rheem campus.
Brother Stan has also been a valued member of my cabinet since 2005. The College has certainly benefited from the wisdom and insight drawn from his rich and varied administrative experience as well as his commitment to the mission of Saint Mary's College.
After a possible sabbatical next academic year, Brother Stan hopes to return "home" to Saint Mary's where we would welcome the opportunity to benefit from his many intellectual and spiritual gifts.
We will provide details next spring about an event to celebrate Brother Stan's many contributions to life at the College.
In St. La Salle,
Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC