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University of Detroit Mercy names new president

New UDM President Antoine GaribaldiUniversity of Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees has named Antoine M. Garibaldi as the University’s new president, announced UDM Board of Trustees Chair John D. Lewis. Garibaldi, who is currently president of Gannon University in Erie, Pa., will assume the position July 1, 2011 to become UDM’s first lay president.

“We are very pleased to have President Garibaldi join the University of Detroit Mercy community,” said Lewis. “Given his tenure as a Catholic university president, he brings strong leadership skills and extensive experience that will enable UDM to continue its mission of providing a quality academic experience within a Catholic and urban context.”

Recognized as a national scholar in higher education, Garibaldi’s career spans more than 35 years as a tenured professor, accomplished researcher and educational administrator. Garibaldi has served as Gannon University’s president since 2001. During that time, the university’s enrollment has increased by 24% from 3,401 to 4,238 students, the highest in 17 years, and its endowment more than doubled. In 2008, he successfully completed the largest comprehensive fund-raising campaign in Gannon’s history, raising more than $31.5 million in private gifts and $8 million in foundation and government grants.

“I am honored to be selected as the first lay president of the University of Detroit Mercy,” said Garibaldi. “As a nationally-ranked Catholic university with its distinctive Mercy and Jesuit traditions, I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and trustees to continue to advance the academic excellence and student-centered emphases that are reflected in the UDM mission.”

A native of New Orleans, La., Garibaldi earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1976 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Howard University in 1973. He remains an active scholar in the professional disciplines of education and psychology, producing more than 11 books and monographs and more than 80 research articles and chapters. His research interests focus on educational achievement and attainment in schools, African-American males, teacher education, and the growing gender and racial disparities in education. Garibaldi is recognized as a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association.

Prior to joining Gannon University, Dr. Garibaldi held positions at the Educational Testing Service, Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana and the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute of Education.

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