Lourdes University is a wonderful institution with a great history, meaningful traditions, a strong sense of community and a bright future.

As March arrives, nature whispers its new beginnings so that we can enjoy more sunshine, warmer weather and the vibrant colors of spring. In less than two months, we will gather for commencement week, and celebrate the accomplishments of our new graduates. I look forward to sharing these incredible moments with you, our students, and your family and friends.

The most exciting news for Lourdes is that our presidential search has concluded and we are very proud and thrilled about our new leader. On behalf of the entire community, I congratulate Dr. David Livingston and wish him the very best, as he becomes the 9th president of Lourdes. I welcome him and his wife Joan to this community and look forward to their move to Sylvania in mid-June.

I am confident that under Dr. Livingston's leadership, Lourdes will continue providing an excellent education in the Franciscan tradition first established by the Sisters of St. Francis. We pride ourselves on living our core values of community, reverence, learning and service. Our distinguished faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees, friends, and Sisters of St. Francis have helped us to reach our goals outlined in the strategic plan and we are ready to move forward.

I am honored to have served here as faculty, vice president for academic affairs, provost and most recently as the Interim President. In the words of a wise predecessor, it has been the honor of my life. Thank you for your encouragement, support and affirmation during my tenure here. As the end of the academic year and my retirement approaches, I bid you a fond farewell.

Pace e bene! – "peace and all blessings" to one and all.

Sincerely,
Janet H. Robinson, PhD
Interim President