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.