Father Malloy receives 14th honorary degree

by Julie Hail Flory

Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Gannon University in Erie, Pa., during a special ceremony Thursday (Sept. 26). It is his 14th such honor.p. Notre Dame’s 16th president, Father Malloy was elected by the Board of Trustees in 1986. Now in his third five-year term, he has led the University at a time of rapid growth in its reputation, faculty and resources. During his tenure, Notre Dame’s faculty has increased by more than 350, the academic quality of the student body has improved dramatically, and the number of minority students has more than doubled.p. The University’s endowment of approximately $3 billion is among the top 20 in higher education, and its recently completed “Generations” capital campaign raised $1.1 billion, by far the most successful in the history of Catholic higher education and just the 12th billion-dollar campaign ever for a private university.p. Father Malloy has been a driving force behind efforts to promote community service and combat substance abuse in higher education. A member of the advisory board of AmeriCorps and the National Civilian Community Corps, he also is a founding director of the Points of Light Foundation, a member of the board of governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and a member of the Indiana Community Service and Volunteer Committee and the Indiana Commission on Community Service.p. In combating substance abuse, Father Malloy has served as a member of numerous organizations, including the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the President’s Advisory Council on Drugs, the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana, and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. He also currently serves as cochair of the subcommittee on college drinking of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a component of the National Institutes of Health, and chairs the National Commission on Substance Abuse and Sports for CASA.p. Founded as Cathedral College under the 1925 charter of Villa Maria College, Gannon University is a private, Catholic, comprehensive coeducational institution with a total enrollment of 3,400 full- and part-time students.p. p. p. p.

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