With the search for a long-term president still on going, Seton Hill University (SHU) has welcomed Bibiana Boerio as its interim president. Boerio began her role as interim president on August 1.
Boerio is a SHU alumna and worked on the board of trustees from 2003 to 2006, and again from 2008 up to when she became interim president.
As interim president, Boerio carries on the duties of administration and acts as chief executive officer for the university while carrying the work of the school’s mission. Boerio says she is “Working on major projects we have underway, the building projects, on time and on budget. I prepare the day-to-day budget, and make sure we get done what we need to get done everyday effectively and efficiently”.
When asked if running the school is more difficult without a long-term president, vice president for administration and the registrar Barbara Hinkle replied, “I wouldn’t say it’s more difficult. The challenge to me is getting to know the new president and understand her style. No two people are going to do the same thing exactly the same way.”
“Working with Bibie is wonderful; she’s very direct and matter-of-fact, and yet has a deep understanding which helps as well,” Hinkle said. “She’s doing beautifully; she grasps what our challenges are and what our asset are.”
“JoAnne left us a great vision, a great plan and a great team of people. My challenge is to keep that momentum going, and to keep moving forward. It helps a lot that having been on the board I know some of the strengths and what some of the strategic plans are. All of the team is committed,” said Boerio.
The search for the new president of SHU is guided by a 12 member committee that includes representation from the board of trustees, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, faculty, alumni and students.
One question raised during the search for a new president is whether the president of SHU has to be a woman and/or Catholic or not. The Sisters of Charity have said that being a woman or a Catholic was never a determining factor for the SHU president, according to Hinkle.
Former President JoAnne Boyle retired on June 30, 2013. She began her role as president in 1987, and her 25 year run has made her the longest serving president at SHU.