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Lewis University Appoints New President

David-Livingston-HRLewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, has appointed David J. Livingston, Ph.D., to serve as the university’s 10th president, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Livingston will replace Brother James Gaffney, FSC, who will retire on June 30, 2016, after 28 years of service to Lewis University.

“I look forward to leading Lewis University, a Catholic University rooted in the Lasallian tradition, as it continues to be innovative in its mission-based education and centered on student success,” remarked Dr. Livingston.

Dr. Livingston has been president of Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, since 2013, and before that he served at Mercyhurst University for 16 years in various capacities, including president of the faculty senate and vice president for advancement. Prior to joining the Mercyhurst community, he taught religious studies at the high school and university level.

“As higher education transforms across the nation, we believe Dr. Livingston is the best person to lead Lewis University in its mission to provide a Lasallian education,” commented Russ Smyth, chair of the Lewis University Board of Trustees.

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