Deeb inaugurated as Trocaire Colleges sixth president
BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | November 15, 2012
SOUTH BUFFALO - Dr. Bassam M. Deeb was inaugurated as the president of Trocaire College, recently. Deeb is the sixth president since the Catholic college was founded in 1958 and the second lay president to serve.
Deeb began his career at Trocaire on July 9 after serving as vice president for student services and interim vice president for academic affairs at Niagara County Community College.
Delegates from higher educational institutions, attired in academic regalia, marched in a procession with other distinguished guests including members of Trocaire’s faculty, administration, alumni, students and representatives from the community.
Former Trocaire College president, Dr. Paul B. Hurley, Jr. (1998-2012) participated in the ceremony. The invocation was given by The Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, D.D., Bishop of Buffalo. The benediction was given by Msgr. Bakhos Chidiac, Pastor, Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, Wheeling, West Virginia.
Greetings were offered by Dr. Marian Meyers on behalf of the college community; Alexandria Mann on behalf of the students; Henry Mumme, Jr., ‘01on behalf of Trocaire alumni; Mary Ann Deb on behalf of the faculty; Lisa M. Kirisits on behalf of the board of trustees; Congressman Brian M. Higgins on behalf of the WNY community; and Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble on behalf of the higher education community.
The presidential medallion was bestowed to Deeb by Lisa M. Kirisits, chair of the Board of Trustees. Sister JoAnne Courneen, RSM, President, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West community, gave the Congregational Prayer of Investiture.
Deeb’s inaugural address was a celebration of Trocaire’s history and a glimpse of his vision for its future. In his remarks he recognized that the college has adhered to the core mission of the Sisters of Mercy.
“What sets Trocaire apart from others is the fact that we are about giving people a chance, that they many not otherwise get, to attend a small college with a supportive and nurturing environment; a college that focuses on each person’s needs and skills and gives them the tools they need to enter the world of work and lead successful lives.”
Pointing to the future, Dr. Deeb told the audience, “The time is ripe for us together to lead Trocaire into the future – a future based on a shared vision, a commitment to transparency and involvement at all levels, a qualitative and quantitative review of critical and strategic issues, and a direct and decisive decision-making process that recognizes our identity, mission, and commitment to serve our community.”
Following the inauguration, a celebratory reception was held in the Mercy Center Dining Room.