UDM celebrates the Inauguration of its 25th president
Antoine M. Garibaldi
University of Detroit Mercy celebrated an historic event on April 13, 2012—the Inauguration of its 25th leader, President Antoine M. Garibaldi.
President Garibaldi joined UDM nearly one year ago, after serving as president of Gannon University, a Catholic institution in Erie, Pa., for nearly 10 years. Recognized as a national scholar in higher education, President Garibaldi’s career spans more than 35 years as a tenured professor, accomplished researcher and educational administrator.
The following pages include President Garibaldi’s Inaugural Address*, where he highlights the histories and intentions of the Sisters of Mercy and the Jesuits as they embarked on establishing two Catholic institutions of higher learning—Mercy College of Detroit and University of Detroit—both committed to their ministries of education in Detroit, and both influencing the mission, vision and intentions of University of Detroit Mercy today.
Inauguration day began with Mass at Gesu Parish, presided by The Most Reverend Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, and concelebrated by 22 priests, representing the Jesuits, Josephites, diocesans and Bishop George Murry, S.J., of the Diocese of Youngstown (Ohio). Members of the Sisters of Mercy, faculty, staff and students presented Mass readings. Following Mass, were luncheons on the McNichols Campus for the UDM community and President Garibaldi’s family and guests. The installation ceremony was attended by numerous dignitaries from the City of Detroit, State of Michigan and from the educational community, including former UDM presidents Maureen A. Fay, O.P., and Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., current presidents of Mercy and Jesuit institutions and other schools from around the country, and individuals from educational institutions from throughout President Garibaldi’s career. Also present were President Garibaldi’s family, friends, UDM Board trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and students.
The day ended with an elegant Inauguration Gala dinner at the Westin Book Cadillac in downtown Detroit.