Saint Michael's College President John J. Neuhauser announced plans to leave the College in June of 2018 in a memo to the College community on May 26, 2017. Named 16th president of the residential liberal arts Catholic College on July 1, 2007, President Neuhauser successfully led the College through the U.S. financial crisis to dramatically improve the College’s academic standing, the student experience, and facilities. “This is a special place charged with assisting in the formation of those young adults who spend but a few short years with us,” Neuhauser stated in his memo to the College community. “I know that for each of you this is more than work, it is a vocation with the full commitment that this implies."
The Saint Michael’s community gathered in Dion Student Center’s Roy Room late in the afternoon on Monday, May 22, to honor employees retiring through the Voluntary Separation Plan offer put forth by the College earlier this year. Congenial fellowship over tasty Sodexo food included many former employees who returned and heard brief remarks from President Jack Neuhauser – also, from Human Resources Vice President Michal New, who is among the retirees and wished everybody “Happy Trails.”
The 8th annual Saint Michael’s College Community Service Day on May 17, 2017 brought together nearly 150 faculty and staff into teams that volunteered to do service activities at 20 locations, both on and off campus. Afterward at a luncheon in Alliot, long-serving employees were honored for their service to the College as employees, by increments of 5 years -- including the most senior, Father Ray Doherty, SSE '51, who was honored for his 50 years of service.
“It’s never about you,” said Gen. Joseph Dunford ’77, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, who told the Saint Michael’s College graduating Class of 2017 on Sunday morning that moral courage and a commitment to serving others are essential qualities for “leaders of consequence.” Dunford’s audience for the College’s 110th Commencement on May 14 in the Ross Sports Center included 456 undergraduates and 30 graduate degree recipients who later crossed the dais to receive diplomas to the cheers of hundreds more family members and friends packed into Ross. At a Saturday dinner in Dion Student Center for honorary degree recipients and again in his Sunday speech, Dunford spoke with fond nostalgia and inspiration of his Saint Michael’s memories.
As is tradition at Saint Michael's College, the Thursday before Commencement weekend (May 11 this year) was celebrated with the Senior Awards Brunch. The event, which recognizes exceptional members of the senior class, as well as student-selected faculty and staff, annually brings forth inspirational figures who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Saint Michael's community.