Oct. 14, 2016
President Antoine M. Garibaldi released a statement on the recent appointment of the next Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J.
Dear University Community:
Earlier today in Rome, Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J. of the Venezuelan Province was elected as the next Superior General of the Society of Jesus. A native of Caracas, Venezuela,Fr. Sosa most recently has served as the delegate of the General for the international houses and works for the Society of Jesus in Rome, as well as serving on the General Council as a Counsellor. He obtained a licentiate in philosophy from l’Università Cattolica Andrés Bello in 1972. He later obtained a doctorate in Political Science from l’Università Centrale del Venezuela, in 1990. He speaks Spanish, Italian, English, and understands French. As a university community, you will be pleased to know that Father Sosa has been actively involved in research, teaching and academia. He has been a professor and member of the Council of the Andrés Bello Catholic Foundation and Rector of the Catholic University of Tachira; and he has pursued research and teaching in the field of political science, in various centers and institutions, as the Chair of Contemporary Political Theory and the Department of Social Change in Venezuela at the Faculty of Social Sciences.In 2008, during General Congregation 35, Father General Adolfo Nicolás appointed Father Arturo Sosa as General Counsellor. In 2014, Father Sosa joined the General Curia community and took on the role of Delegate for Interprovincial Roman Houses of the Society of Jesus in Rome, which include: the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, the Pontifical Oriental Institute, the Vatican Observatory, Civiltà Cattolica, as well as international Jesuit colleges in Rome. Between 1996 and 2004, Father Sosa was provincial superior of the Jesuits in Venezuela. And prior to 1996, he was the province coordinator for the social apostolate, during which time he was also director of Gumilla Social Centre, a centre for research and social action for the Jesuits in Venezuela.
More information on the new Superior General is available at www.gc36.org and www.midwestjesuits.org. To many, the Father General is often considered the second most powerful figure in Rome due to the power and influence the Jesuit position has had around the world. Attached is a copy of the handwritten Decree of Election signed by Fr. James Grummer, S.J., who is a member of the Wisconsin Province and has served as the vicar general during these initial weeks of GC 36.
Fr. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., Superior of the Jesuit Community at University of Detroit Mercy and Associate Professor of Architecture, will celebrate a Mass for Fr. General Sosa on Wednesday, October 19 at Noon in the St. Ignatius Chapel.
In the meantime, we offer prayers of thanksgiving for Father General Adolfo Nicolás’s eight years of extraordinary service and extend our best wishes and prayers to Father General Sosa as he assumes his new leadership role on behalf of all of the works of the Society of Jesus across the world.
Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
Sept. 16, 2016
President Garibaldi was interviewed by WWJ Newsradio 950 reporter Laura Bonnell on the radio segment “Education Today,” focusing on students deciding majors. Listen to the interview online.
Sept. 16, 2016
President Garibaldi and the Detroit Mercy Titans Cheer Team participate in an on-air interview with Laura Bonnell at WWJ-News Radio 95 and join Rat and Puff on AMP Radio 98.7.
President Garibaldi and the Detroit Mercy Titans Cheer Team also visited Bobby and Stacey at WOMC's Morning Show and followed up with WYCD's Morning Show.
Sept. 6, 2016
The Fall 2016 issue of the University of Minnesota Alumni Magazine features Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi and his efforts to help revitalize Detroit and the McNichols Campus neighborhood. In the article, "Awesomely Urban: Lifting Up Detroit," President Garibaldi, a University of Minnesota graduate, calls for a concerted effort among parents, teachers and the community of Detroit to re-envision Detroit Public Schools and urges the community to "keep the focus on the children." Read the full article online.
Aug. 24, 2016
President Antoine M. Garibaldi was interviewed by Comcast Newsmakers on the University’s $15 million dollar investment to campus revitalization efforts, Aug. 24. Watch the full interview online.
June 14, 2016
President Antoine M. Garibaldi was interviewed by WDET 101.9 FM on how to keep more students in school, analyzing the 1988 report on New Orleans Public Schools as well as the lessons learned for Detroit, heading into what could be a new era for DPS, June 14.
June 5, 2016
President Antoine M. Garibaldi was quoted in the MLive article, "Private college police could get more authority as Detroit Mercy seeks to improve neighborhood," June 5.
June 4, 2016
President Antoine M. Garibaldi participated in a program titled, "Essential Principles for an Effective CBO/CEO Relationship," sponsored by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). To view the program, you will need to set up a free account on the NACUBO website and log in.
June 1-3, 2016
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi participated in the Mackinac Policy Conference, June 1-3. President Garibaldi was interviewed by 910 AM radio host Karen Dumas, WWJ Newsradio 950 host Mark Lee and WWJ Newsradio 950 host Tom Jordan, June 1. Tom Jordan focused his interview on urban education and the Detroit Public Schools. Dr. Garibaldi also spoke on the Live6 Alliance and other economic developments with WJR host Paul W. Smith's "Opportunity Detroit," June 3.
May 13, 2016
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi wrote "Focus on Detroit’s students," a guest editorial about Detroit Public Schools in the Detroit Free Press, May 13.
May 5, 2016
MiWeek, Detroit Public Television’s (DPTV) weekly leadership and public affairs program broadcast live on Thursday, May 5, from the McNichols Campus of University of Detroit Mercy. The show featured interviews and in-depth panel conversations about the future of Detroit’s neighborhoods, newcomers versus long-time residents; inclusiveness; the cultural corridor compared to the economic corridor; and entrepreneurship.
The event was led by the MiWeek team of award-winning journalists Christy McDonald, Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Henderson and Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley.
Special guests included: Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, President, University of Detroit Mercy; Dan Pitera, Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture; Rhonda Word Morris, owner of Lucki’s Cheesecake; Lauren Hood of Live6 Alliance; Kim Tandy, City of Detroit District 2 Manager and Gaston Nash, College Core Block Club Co-founder.
The show was taped in front of a live audience and broadcast on DPTV-Channel 56. See the video footage online. It was followed by a half-hour online only conversation at 8:30 p.m. The MiWeek Roadshow was made possible thanks to funding from the MASCO Foundation. See photo gallery of the event.
More than 1,800 households tuned in to watch the segment and more than 250 viewed the livestream footage. The program has been viewed more than 400 times on demand since it first aired.
March 17, 2016
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was interviewed by 760 AM WJR’s host Paul W. Smith at the annual Paul W. Smith St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. He spoke on the future of the University as well as upcoming UDM events.
Jan. 11, 2016
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi attended the Mayor and Chief of Detroit's Project Green Light Detroit press conference as a member of the chief's advisory committee, Jan. 11.
Jan. 4, 2016
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was interviewed by Detroit sports broadcaster Dan Leach of radio station 97.1 The Ticket, Jan. 4. Listen to the interview online.
Nov. 2, 2015
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was a panelist on the topic of shared governance at the annual meeting of the Association of Governing Board’s Council of Presidents in Washington, D.C., Nov. 2.
Oct. 28, 2015
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi meets with former president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), Fr. Charlie Currie, S.J., at the AJCU Appreciation Award ceremony for the Honorable John A. Boehner (R-OH), Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Oct. 28. More than 100 people were in attendance, many of whom are alumni of Jesuit institutions.
Oct. 25, 2015
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was invited to appear on WTVS' American Black Journal (ABJ) program to discuss the revitalization efforts underway along the Livernois Avenue corridor, Oct. 25.
Oct. 23, 2015
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi discussed universities' roles in driving and assisting urban innovation and business development at the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium at the College for Creative Studies, Oct. 23. He was highlighted for his work in the project in the MSU Today article, "MSU, University of Detroit Mercy presidents to discuss universities' role in urban innovation," Oct. 5. He was also mentioned in the WXYZ-Channel 7 website article, "Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium being held Friday in Detroit," Oct. 22.
Sept. 9, 2015
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi and President and CEO of the Kresge Foundation Rip Rapson discuss the Live6 Alliance in the WDET 101.9 FM interview, “Live6 Alliance Works to Revitalize More of Detroit,” Sept. 9.
July 17, 2015
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi participated as a panelist for the New Business Officers session of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., July 17.
June 19, 2015
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi presented the topic, “Aspiring to Senior Leadership in Jesuit and Catholic Universities? Many Roads Will Take You There,” at the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities Seminar on Higher Education Leadership, June 19.
June 9, 2015
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was featured in the Education Policy Fellowship Program's blog post,"Cross-Boundary Leader: Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi." Dr, Garibaldi participated in the program in Washington D.C. from 1977 to 1978. The Education Policy Fellowship Program is celebrating 51 years of service, with alumni spread across the country.
May 26, 2015
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi attended the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference and wrote the Crain’s Detroit Business guest editorial, “An agenda for success, together,” May 26, commenting on his experience participating in the conference.
Dr. Garibaldi was also interviewed by WWJ NewsRadio 950 hosts Roberta Jasina and Tom Jordan as well as WDET news director and host Jerome Vaughn at the 2015 conference (see photos). Listen to the WWJ NewsRadio 950 interview and WDET interview online.
The 2015 conference agenda builds on three pillars — Talent, Urban Development and Cohesion — that mirror how higher education is leading Detroit’s recovery from bankruptcy and that may complement business and government’s efforts to increase the population of Detroit, the region and Michigan overall.
April 30, 2015
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was interviewed on the Comcast Newsmakers program to discuss higher education, April 30, 2015.
March 17, 2015
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was interviewed by 760 AM WJR’s host Paul W. Smith at the annual Paul W. Smith St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. He spoke on the future of the University as well as upcoming UDM events. Approximately 750 people attended the event.
Oct. 19, 2014
American Black Journal (ABJ) featured an interview with UDM's President Antoine Garibaldi on WTVS Channel 56. The long-running community affairs show is currently hosted by Stephen Henderson, Editorial Page editor of the Detroit Free Press.
Sept. 28, 2014
Carol Cain, host of the CBS Channel 62 show Michigan Matters, interviewed President Garibaldi.
Aug. 24, 2014
UDM President Antoine Garibaldi was the featured guest on WXYZ-TV Channel 7's Spotlight on the News show, hosted by Chuck Stokes. More...
Sept. 21, 2013
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi was interviewed on CW50's Street Beat. He discussed the revitalization of Detroit's Avenue of Fashion on Livernois Ave. and the university's involvement in the area's success.
March 15, 2013
President Garibaldi joined Archbishop Allen Vigneron and Metro Detroit business and government leaders for the 2013 Paul W. Smith St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Detroit Athletic Club. While there, WJR's morning show host interviewed Dr. Garibaldi about the new Jesuit pope and UDM's future plans.
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March 3, 2013
UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi appeared on WXYZ-TV Channel 7's "Spotlight on the News", Sunday, March 3, 9:30 a.m. Host Chuck Stokes interviewed the panel on topics related to higher education and Michigan's future.
Feb. 25, 2013
University of Detroit Mercy President Elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Tony Pals / NAICU
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 25 – Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, president of the University of Detroit Mercy, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). He was assumed his directorship on Feb. 6 at the NAICU 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Read More (.pdf)
Building a bright tomorrow for UDM
Mary Rodrique / DAC News
In his second year as president of the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), Dr. Antoine Garibaldi has a sweeping range of projects in the works. He is the first lay president in the history of UDM, founded by the Jesuits and the Sisters of Mercy religious orders with a lineage going back over a century. Today UDM counts over 5,400 students and seven schools and colleges on three campuses. Read More (.pdf)
Nov. 14, 2012
Detroit Institute of Arts elects new UDM President Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi and others to Board of Directors
UDM Press Release
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced UDM President Dr. Antoine Garibaldi has joined the organization’s board of directors, effective Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. He will also be joined by Andrea Dickson, Mary Kramer, Linda Orlans, Irvin Reid, Hubert Massey, Amy DeBrunner; Lillian Demas, Donald Ritzenhein, Jennifer Fischer and Thomas Guastello. Read More ...
May 30, 2012
A CONVERSATION WITH: Antoine Garibaldi, University of Detroit Mercy
Ryan Kelly / Crain's Detroit Business
Crain's recently spoke with University of Detroit Mercy President Antoine Garibaldi about campus improvements, strategic planning and fundraising. Garibaldi has been in his position since last June. Read More ...
May 11, 2012
A look at who’s speaking at this year’s commencement exercises
University of St. Thomas News Service
More than 2,200 graduate and undergraduate students will participate in the ceremonies... Speaking will be Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, president of University Detroit Mercy and a member of St. Thomas’ Board of Trustees. Garibaldi, the first lay president of the 5,600-student, Jesuit university, also has served as president of Gannon University.
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Feb. 12, 2012
President Garibaldi speaks to Fox Sports - Detroit Titans Student Athletes & Fitness Center
Dr. Garibaldi recently spoke to Fox Sports Detroit during the halftime of the Detroit Titans Men's Basketball game against the Green Bay Phoenix. More ...
Nov. 10, 2011
Incentive Plan to Help Three Neighborhoods
Detroit 2020, WXYZ-TV
Somer Roberts spent much of her childhood on a tree-lined street near Seven Mile and Livernois in Detroit. Her aunt lived on the street and Somer would go there every weekend to play. Today Somer owns her own home in the very same block. She says, “It’s wonderful to be able to actually live there and allow my children to have the same memories I had. It was a wonderful opportunity. Read more ...
Sept. 19, 2011
University of Detroit Mercy president settles into new job (.pdf)
Kim Kozlowski/ The Detroit News
Detroit— On his first day as University of Detroit Mercy's new president, Antoine Garibaldi toured the campus and introduced himself to college deans, secretaries, cleaning staff and every student in his path. Since then, Garibaldi has attended freshmen orientation and move-in day and scheduled lunches with groups of students. He's asked for their input on how to improve and expand their experience at Michigan's oldest and largest Catholic university that was founded by Jesuits in 1877. Read more ...
Sept. 19, 2011
Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, New President of University of Detroit Mercy (audio)
The Craig Fahle Show / WDET 101.9 FM
The new president of the University of Detroit Mercy, Dr. Antoine Garibaldi, joins Craig to talk about his vision for the university's future Listen now ...
Sept. 5, 2011
Ready to Serve:
Leader aims to strengthen UDM mission (pdf)
David Jesse / Detroit Free Press
Antoine Garibaldi has been here before.He was already a college president. And he has also been the first layperson to take over a position normally held by a priest. As students start classes this school year at the University of Detroit Mercy, Garibaldi enters his first year as the president of UDM -- the first president in the school's history who isn't a member of a religious order. Read more..
Aug. 14, 2011
Dr. Garibaldi participated in MSNBC's "A Stronger America: Making the Grade," a live two-hour discussion on strengthening America through education, from the Detroit School of Arts, on Sunday, Aug. 14 from noon until 2 p.m. ET. The special was broadcasted live throughout America. Read more..
July 28, 2011
Today's shout-out . . . goes to Antoine M. Garibaldi, the new president of the University of Detroit Mercy
Editorial / The Detroit News
July 30, 2011
President Antoine M. Garibaldi was a guest on American Black Journal to discuss "the challenges and rewards of having a university in the city of Detroit." He was interviewed by host Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press Editorial Page editor.
July 24, 2011
Flashpoint: Importance Of A College Education
WDIV - Detroit (Video Interview)
March 22, 2011
Garibaldi elected ACE board officer
UDM Press Release
See the UDMcast of the
Nov. 12 announcement,
with remarks by UDM
Board of Trustees Chair
John D. Lewis and
View the Photo Gallery
Dr. Garibaldi named president of UDM
Lisa Socarras / The Josephite Harvest (.pdf)
Nov. 15, 2010
Small talk with Antoine M. Garibaldi
Kim Kozlowski / The Detroit News (.pdf)
Nov. 13, 2010
University of Detroit Mercy names first lay president
Detroit Free Press Education Writer/ PEGGY WALSH-SARNECKI (.pdf)
UDM's new president
The Detroit News Editorial (.pdf)
Nov. 12, 2010
University of Detroit Mercy names Antoine Garibaldi president
Crain's Detroit Business --Dustin Walsh (.pdf)
University of Detroit Mercy Names New President
PR News Wire (.pdf)
New UDM president's tasks:
Crain's Detroit Business/ Dustin Walsh (.pdf)
Erie City Council recognizes Garibaldi’s leadership - Feb. 2, 2011 (.pdf)