Spring Hill College’s Inauguration of Rev. Richard P. Salmi, S.J., as 38th President set for Oct. 23

Mon, 09/14/2009 (All day)

Sept. 14, 2009

Mobile – Spring Hill College will install the Rev. Richard P. Salmi, S.J., as its 38th president at an inauguration ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. The event will be held at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center on campus. 

The college’s Board of Trustees elected Salmi last fall, and he officially began his term on June 1, 2009, following the retirement of the Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J.

Salmi previously served as vice president for student affairs at Loyola University Chicago, a position he held since 2002.

Prior to serving as vice president at Loyola, Salmi was vice president for student affairs at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio from 1994-2002.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at LeMoyne College, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, and is a founding member and director of the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities. 

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Salmi holds a B.S. in communications from Ohio University, an M.A. in speech communications from Bowling Green state University, Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in higher education lhughesistration from Boston College. He entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1973.

Salmi also served as campus minister and coordinator of volunteer programs and community service while at John Carroll and also worked as a health care provider, social worker and priest for AIDS patients in Kampala Uganda in 1990-1991.

The inauguration coincides with the college’s annual Family Weekend. A community celebration will follow the inauguration ceremony.

Salmi will also celebrate an Inaugural Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 in St. Joseph Chapel on campus.

Spring Hill College is the oldest college in Alabama and the third oldest Jesuit college in the United States.  The college is ranked 14th among the 120 Southern colleges and universities granting master’s degrees, according to the 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” The college is also ranked 8th in the South’s “Great Schools, Great Values” category, campuses that offer quality academic programs, affordable tuition and significant financial aid.