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After nearly 18 years as the President of Holy Cross College, Br. Richard Gilman, C.S.C., Ph.D., is retiring from the post of President of the College, to be effective in December, 2010. His retirement gala will be held this Thursday, October 7, 2010 at the Morris Park Country Club. Br. Richard will be available for comment Thursday at 6:00 PM on the campus of Holy Cross College, in front of Saint Joseph Chapel immediately following the special retirement Mass being held in his honor.
WNDU's brother and sister news anchor team, Terry and Maureen McFadden will act as the master's of ceremony for the gala at the country club. The popular award winning journalists are Holy Cross College alumni. Other guests from the Michiana community will include South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke, Rick Rice, President of Teacher's Credit Union and Chairman of the Holy Cross College Board of Trustees, Dr. Steven R. Cramer, President of Bethel College, and Hodge Patel (a Holy Cross College alumnus) who will be representing Congressman Joe Donnelly.
Under Br. Richard's leadership, Holy Cross College has been transformed from a two-year junior college into a vibrant, Catholic Liberal Arts College, offering baccalaureate degrees in nine majors. Br. Richard oversaw the construction of the Vincent Academic Center with 17 new classrooms and labs. To celebrate the Millennium, he suggested the construction of the Millennium Arch and Hardesty Plaza which provided a new iconic entranceway for the school. He lead the development of a residential life program, remodeling two buildings as student dormitories and building two new residence halls. He initiated the office of Campus Ministry and started the International Experience program that encourages students to travel to one four countries served by the Congregation of Holy Cross-Ghana, Peru, Mexico, or India-to broaden students' cultural perspectives. Br. Richard spearheaded the development and completion of the Pfeil Recreation and Student Center. Twelve athletic teams have also been added in the past five years.