As a son of Quincy University, I am pleased to welcome Dr. Gervasi to the Q.U. family and I hope to meet him when he officialy takes the helm.
By all accounts, Dr. Gervasi has a deep admiration for Saint Francis of Assisi. I hope he will be able to rejuvenate the Catholic aspect of both the academic and student life of the University.
I'm not so much concerned at Gervasi's appointment as I am at some of the comments made by one of the members of the Board, who also happened to chair the search committee for a new president.
Brian Belobradic, commenting on Gervasi's appointment, said:
What really resonated was his charisma. He can really grab people's attentions in a room. He's very energetic, and he speaks six languages, but what jumped out with his was, well, his 'Franciscan-ism.' I don't know if that's a word, but boy, he's the real deal.First, this doesn't come across as too professional but as rather flippant. Second, how can you be a member of the Board of Trustees of a Franciscan liberal arts college and not know if "Franciscanism" is a word? Of course it is! Maybe it's time to develop a basic knowledge quiz for potential Board members.
For more information:
Quincy University press release and more
The Quincy Herald-Whig and again
WGEM TV (with a video)