Bonaventure appoints interim president to succeed Carney


By Jason Klaiber @J_Klaibs
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St. Bonaventure University named Andrew Roth its interim president, board of trustees chairman Robert Daugherty announced today.

Roth will remain in the post for the university’s 2016-2017 academic year.

Roth will succeed Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., who announced in January her plans to step down on July 31 after 12 years as the university’s president.

In February, Carney revealed she had multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer.

A nationwide search for the university’s president began in March, with a permanent president to be named in December and assume the role in summer of 2017.

Roth served as the president and chief executive officer of Notre Dame College, located in Cleveland, from 2003 to 2014, a time span during which enrollment at the college nearly tripled–from 775 to 2,270–and full-time faculty more than doubled.

From 1974 to 2003, Roth maintained positions at Mercyhurst College, first as a tenured faculty member in communications and later business. Roth then served as the director of admissions, the dean of admissions and financial aid before becoming the chief information officer and vice president for enrollment. Roth then served as the university’s vice president for academic affairs.

Roth founded Mercyhurst’s women’s soccer program, coaching the team from 1986 to 1990.

Before his time at Mercyhurst, Roth served as an English instructor at Gannon University.

Roth earned bachelor’s degrees in English and history from John Carroll University in 1968; a master’s in English language & literature from Case Western Reserve University in 1970; an MBA in marketing & strategic planning from Gannon in 1980; and a doctorate in public policy & higher education finance from the University at Buffalo in 1999.



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