05 July 2007

Q.U. Board of Trustees has new chairman

The Very Reverend Kenneth Capalbo, O.F.M. has been elected the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Quincy University.

“Fr. Ken Capalbo has been a valued member of the QU family for more than three decades,” said Dr. David Schachtsiek, interim president and vice president for academic affairs. “His leadership will keep us firmly rooted in our Franciscan traditions and values while directing the board of trustees through an exciting time of change at the University.”

Fr. Capalbo began teaching history at QU in 1979 and received the “Excellence in Teaching” award in 1996. During his tenure, he was involved in all facets of academic development including administrative work, faculty groups and student related programs, and served as guardian for the QU friary from 1996-99. Fr. Capalbo left QU in 1999 to become vicar of the St. Louis based Franciscan Sacred Heart Province. He was elected to the QU Board of Trustees in 2003, and served as chair of the academic affairs committee since 2005. [more]
During my time at Quincy University I used to say that I majored in Fr. Ken because I took almost every class he taught and learned a tremendous amount from him. He is an excellent educator and will serve the University well in this new post.

Through his leardership, I am confident that Franciscanism will begin to make a return to the campus. Franciscanism ran strong while he was there but it seems to have left with him. May it's return be swift! The experience of being at Q.U. both when Fr. Ken was there and when he was not made me accutely aware of how profoundly one man's presence can impact and shape an entire community as well as the void that can ensue with his departure.

Fr. Ken has my deepest respect and I wish him well in this new endeaveor. Congratulations, Fr. Ken!

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