St. Anselm College swears in first lay president
Students line the procession for Dr. Steven DiSalvo, the10th president of St. Anselm College, during his inauguration on Friday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
In becoming St. Anselm College’s 10th president, Steven DiSalvo said, “Today, I officially became an Anselmian.”
He said the college must show strong leadership and make its mark throughout New England and the United States. The path to fulfill that mission is through the college’s students.
He remarked on the students’ moral compass evident in the 50,000 hours of community service they do every year through the Meelia Center. He also spoke of the college’s future and the programs that make it a vital place of learning.
The institute shines a light on the college as future Presidents over the past 30 years have gotten their start, he said. The institute will continue to develop programs to provide opportunities of learning about the history of the presidency, summer camps for students, and extend programs to high-schoolers across the nation to show “what makes Saint Anselm so special.”
“I ask you to join me as we walk into the future,” DiSalvo said.
There was also a special presentation of the National 9/11 Flag by police and emergency rescue workers from the college, New York City, Massachusetts, Goffstown and Londonderry.
DiSalvo and his wife suffered the loss of friends on 9/11. Also, 14 young alumni of Fairfield University, where he worked, died in the World Trade Center.
DiSalvo has also placed a stitch in the flag. On President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in 2011, a piece of the flag that he laid upon after his death was stitched into the flag. The flag will be placed at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center.
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