University of Detroit Mercy Names New President: The University 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. 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 percent 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. Other major accomplishments during his nearly ten-year tenure include: U.S. News & World Report top-tier rankings for seven straight years, Best Value (or Great School, Great Price) rankings for five years, and a Top Up-and-Coming recognition; highly successful five-year Strategic Plans I and II; establishment of the Erie Technology Incubator; and acquisition of and major renovations to more than a dozen administrative, academic and student housing buildings. 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, Garibaldi was a senior fellow in the office of the vice president for collaborations and corporate secretary at the Educational Testing Service in 2000-01; he served as the first provost and chief academic officer at Howard University and a tenured professor in the School of Education between 1996 and 2000; and, between 1982 and 1996, he served successively as chairman of the education department, dean of arts and sciences, and vice president for academic affairs at Xavier University of Louisiana. Between 1977 and 1982, he was a federal government administrator and researcher at the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute of Education, where he was also a staff member of the National Commission on Excellence in Education, which produced the landmark report, A Nation at Risk.
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