Bellarmine plans inauguration events for its fourth president

Dr. Susan Donovan
Dr. Susan Donovan

Record Staff Report

Bellarmine University has planned a variety of events in honor of the inauguration of its fourth president, Dr. Susan M. Donovan.

The inauguration is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 27 in Knights Hall on the Bellarmine campus, 2001 Newburg Road. It will be preceded by a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Agnes Church, 1920 Newburg Road.

Bellarmine students, faculty, staff alumni, parents and board members have been invited to attend the inauguration ceremony.

Inauguration-week activities are meant to celebrate “the university’s mission and values,” a press release about the events said.

Ari Shapiro, co-host of  NPR’s newsprogram “All Things Considered,” will deliver the school’s Guarnaschelli Lecture, which is free and open to the public. It will be delivered in the George G. Brown Center’s Frazier Hall on the Bellarmine campus Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

The lecture is entitled “Lessons from the Fake News Front Lines.”

In addition, Bellarmine students plan to volunteer at Dare to Care on Oct. 23 and at Franciscan Kitchen on Oct. 28.

An alumni event is set for Oct. 26 and separate events for school staff, first-generation students and faculty are planned Oct. 24.

The school will hold its Knight of Knights inauguration gala on Oct. 28.

Donovan took office at Bellarmine in June after a 32-year career at Loyola University Maryland. She succeeds Dr. Joseph J. McGowan, who died in office in 2016.

For more information, visit Bellarmine’s website,, and click on “news and events.”

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