St. Bonaventure president to step down in July

OLEAN, N.Y. (WIVB) — St. Bonaventure University’s president will be stepping down at the end of July.

Sister Margaret Carney, who turns 75 in July, has held the position for 12 years, but has served the school for almost 20 years.

“This decision is not an easy one since the relationships at the heart of our St. Bonaventure community have become more precious with each passing year,” Sr. Carney told faculty, staff, students and alumni in an email Tuesday.

Bishop Malone of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo tweeted about the announcement.

“Words cannot begin to express the gratitude and respect the Board of Trustees has for this remarkable leader,” said Board of Trustees Chair Robert Daugherty. “Sr. Margaret’s esteemed tenure took this university from a dark hour to a place in the sun; a place of honor and academic excellence. SBU graduates the world over, our faculty, staff and students, and our regional communities are forever indebted to her. She stands as a hallmark of the Franciscan spirit and ethical character of this great university.”

St. Bonaventure is the United States’ first Franciscan university. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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