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College to Award Five with Honorary Degrees

March 24, 2015

Michelle Adams
Communications and Marketing
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The college is pleased to announce that on May 17, 2015 during the college's 122nd Commencement Exercises, in addition to commencement speaker Gov. Mitt Romney, the college will bestow honorary degrees upon Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. '69, Hilda Alcindor, Dr. F. Marc LaForce '60, and Joseph Loughrey.

"These extraordinary leaders impact the world in meaningful, positive ways and represent the values and ideals that are at the heart of Saint Anselm's mission - to educate leaders who make and find opportunities to engage in the service of diverse local, national and global fields and communities," said college president Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Mitt Romney was most recently the Republican candidate for the office of President of the United States. He was also a candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Before that, he served as the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2003 through 2007. Prior to his term as Governor, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Governor Romney started his career in business in 1978 as a Vice President of Bain & Company, Inc., a management consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1984, he left Bain & Company, Inc. to co-found a spin-off private equity investment company, Bain Capital, where he worked until 1998. Governor Romney served as a director of the Company or its predecessors from 1993 through 2002 and again from January 2009 through January 2011. He rejoined the Board in December 2012. The life lessons and leadership skills Governor Romney will present to our graduates as they venture out into the world represent a wide range of experiences and accomplishments, in both the public and private sectors.

Father Jonathan DeFelice O.S.B., served as president of Saint Anselm College from 1989 to 2013. A member of the Benedictine community that founded the college, Father Jonathan is also a graduate of the college's Class of 1969. Before becoming president, he served his alma mater as a faculty member and in a number of administrative roles. Under his leadership, the college embarked on ambitious planning and development programs to strengthen its highly regarded liberal arts reputation as New England's third oldest Catholic college. He has been a passionate advocate for Saint Anselm's mission that seeks to balance the academic, spiritual and extracurricular lives of its students.

Hilda Alcindor, BA, RN, was born and educated in Haiti. She graduated from the EcoleNationale des Infirmieres (National School of Nursing) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and shortly thereafter moved to the U.S. She served in the U.S. Air Force, and then worked nearly thirty years as a registered nurse. Hilda Alcindor, head of the Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti in Leogane, took charge of her student nurses when the earthquake struck and treated thousands of patients for five days after with few supplies and little experience with disaster relief. The student's CPR training saved many lives and Hilda is one of the real heroes of Leogane.

Dr. F. Marc LaForce, a 1960 graduate of Saint Anselm College, has given hope to thousands of men and women across the globe through his work in vaccinating Sub-Saharan Africans against the meningitis epidemics that have plagued the countries for years. His work has brought the gift of health and hope to people who may have otherwise succumbed to this deadly disease. Dr. LaForce is an inspiration for the entire campus community and someone whom many of our students strive to emulate. Read a recent news story about Dr. LaForce.

Joseph Loughrey: The many outstanding accomplishments of Joe Loughrey in both business and philanthropy have demonstrated his commitment to advance his industry, better his community and help his fellow man. He serves as a board member for organizations such as the Lumina Foundation for Education (where he is chair of the investment committee), Oxfam America (where he is chairman), and the V Foundation for Cancer Research. We are honored that Mr. Loughrey's family connection to Abbot Gerald McCarthy, O.S.B., has brought him into our Anselmian community.

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