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Celebrating Fifty Years of Service: Sister Marcella Marie Garus, CSSF, Announces Retirement Effective June 30, 2018

Office of the President

President Sister Marcella Marie Garus, CSSF

While studying at the University of Detroit in 1968, Sister Marcella Marie Garus, CSSF received a request from her provincial minister to serve as the business administrator at Villa Maria College. Ten years later, in August of 1978, the Board of Trustees appointed her the third president of the College.

During her 40 year tenure as president, Sister Marcella committed herself to bettering the lives of individuals through education and has remained steadfastly dedicated in her pursuit to help students from all backgrounds achieve a college education. A strong, strategic planner she has led the College to meet several significant milestones, including its transition from a two-year school to a baccalaureate granting institution, re-accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and expanding study abroad opportunities. In addition, President Garus played a pivotal role in updating the College’s infrastructure and providing students with off-campus housing options.

As one of the longest-serving presidents in the area, and in all of higher education in America today, Sister Marcella has proven herself to be an incredibly hard working leader who has personally devoted herself to Villa Maria College and its mission for 5 decades.

After 50 years of faithful service to Catholic higher education in Western New York, the College community reflects back on the accomplishments and leadership of Sister Marcella.

Villa Maria is in a strong position to transition to its next leader that will lead the College to a bright future in its next phase. Please check back soon for more information on the search for our fourth president.

Media Contact:
Brian Emerson
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services
E-mail: bemerson@villa.edu / office: 716.961.1838 / cell: 716.472.7817

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