Brother Tom Giardino, SM, Executive Director
Transformation. Vocation. These are words that are deeply echoed in this issue of the AMU Newsletter dedicated to celebrating 200 years of Marianist education. Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and those early brothers who opened their first school on Rue des Menuts with 12 students in 1819 would be proud and humbled.
Faculty, staff, students and administration in our three Marianist universities can share in those sentiments. We continue the mission as living witnesses of the 200-year conversation of Marianist education about how to live with faith, meaning, purpose and significance in the world of today and tomorrow. Brief testimonials from representatives of all four groups fill this newsletter — and ourselves — with hope for the next 200 years.
As some of you know, I assumed the position of Executive Director of the Association of Marianist Universities on July 1. I acknowledge with gratitude the fine work of Steve Neiheisel, Ph.D., whom I succeeded. He brought creativity and commitment to the AMU mission as a longtime Marianist educator.
I also want to acknowledge and thank the two previous editors of this newsletter, Kathe Lehman-Meyer from St. Mary’s University and Jack O’Gorman from the University of Dayton, who will be succeeded by Alex Salinas and Verb Washington, respectively. Sharon LePage from Chaminade University continues to offer her support. Amy Hart, our new AMU Administrative Assistant, will also be involved in the production of the newsletter.