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Inauguration of the 28th President of Saint Mary's College of California

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Debra Holtz
Director of Media Relations
(925) 631-4222
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Moraga, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2005) - Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC, Ph.D., will be inaugurated as the 28th president of Saint Mary's College of California at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005. The ceremony on the Chapel Plaza will be the highlight of a week of campus activities celebrating the college's liberal arts, Catholic and Lasallian traditions.

Gallagher was vice chancellor of Bethlehem University from 1993 to 1997, and served as Secretary General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Rome from 1997 to 2001.

In his inaugural address, Gallagher will discuss his strategic vision for strengthening the liberal arts, Catholic and Lasallian core traditions of Saint Mary's College. He will also speak about the unique role of a Catholic liberal arts college in educating students to meet the local and global challenges of the 21st century.

"Brother Ron has reinvigorated the college," said Ray Larkin Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees. "Because of his enthusiasm and love for Saint Mary's, the college's constituents are more motivated than ever to accomplish its mission. I look forward to Brother Ron's continued leadership."

Before assuming the presidency of Saint Mary's on Jan. 1, 2005, Gallagher was chair of the college's Department of English and Drama. His teaching specialties include 19th and 20th century Anglo-Irish literature, the modern novel, and the history and culture of Ireland.

Gallagher graduated from Saint Mary's College with a B.A. in English, received an M.A. in comparative literature from San Francisco State University, and earned his doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Washington.

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Saint Mary's College of California, founded in 1863, is a residential learning community in Moraga, California based in the Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 4,500 students in undergraduate, graduate and extended education programs. The Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guides the academic growth and spiritual character of the school.