Bellarmine University announces appointment of interim president

Published: Mar. 15, 2016 at 8:18 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2016 at 8:18 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Bellarmine University's Board of Trustees unanimously voted on Tuesday to name Dr. Doris Tegart as the school's interim president and to launch a national search for the university's fourth permanent president.

Bellarmine president Dr. Jay McGowan died unexpectedly on March 1 of a pulmonary embolism.

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"All of us who know and work with Dr. Tegart are well aware that she is the natural choice and highly qualified for success in the role of interim president," Bellarmine Board of Trustees Chair Pat Mulloy said in a written statement on Tuesday. "In almost 25 years at Bellarmine, she has served as a professor and then in numerous and varied administrative positions of increasing responsibility and impact across the University, including department chair, dean, associate provost, vice presidencies for enrollment management, for special projects and for academic affairs, provost and senior executive vice president. Her work has influenced every area of the university."

Mulloy promised more information about the search process for a new permanent president in the near future.

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