Dr. Bassam M. Deeb inaugurated as Trocaire College’s 6th president

BUFFALO, N.Y. -  Dr. Bassam M. Deeb was inaugurated as the president of Trocaire College.  Deeb is the 6th president since the Catholic college was founded in 1958 and the second lay president to serve.  Deeb began his career at Trocaire on July 9 after serving as Vice President for Student Services and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Niagara County Community College.

Delegates from higher educational institutions, attired in academic regalia, marched in a procession with other distinguished guests including members of Trocaire’s faculty, administration, alumni, students and representatives from the community.  Former Trocaire College president, Dr. Paul B. Hurley, Jr. (1998-2012) participated in the ceremony.  The invocation was given by The Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, D.D., Bishop of Buffalo.  The benediction was given by Msgr. Bakhos Chidiac, Pastor, Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, Wheeling, West Virginia.

Greetings were offered by Dr. Marian Meyers on behalf of the college community; Alexandria Mann on behalf of the students; Henry Mumme, Jr., ‘01on behalf of Trocaire alumni;  Mary Ann Deb on behalf of the faculty; Lisa M. Kirisits on behalf of the board of trustees; Congressman Brian M. Higgins on behalf of the WNY community; and Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble on behalf of the higher education community.

The presidential medallion was bestowed to Deeb by Lisa M. Kirisits, chair of the Board of Trustees.  Sister JoAnne Courneen, RSM, President, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West community, gave the Congregational Prayer of Investiture.

Deeb’s inaugural address was a celebration of Trocaire’s history and a glimpse of his vision for its future.    In his remarks he recognized that the college has adhered to the core mission of the Sisters of Mercy.  “What sets Trocaire apart from others is the fact that we are about giving people a chance, that they may not otherwise get, to attend a small college with a supportive and nurturing environment; a college that focuses on each person’s needs and skills and gives them the tools they need to enter the world of work and lead successful lives.”

Pointing to the future, Dr. Deeb told the audience, “The time is ripe for us together to lead Trocaire into the future – a future based on a shared vision, a commitment to transparency and involvement at all levels, a qualitative and quantitative review of critical and strategic issues, and a direct and decisive decision-making process that recognizes our identity, mission, and commitment to serve our community.”

Following the inauguration, a celebratory reception was held in the Mercy Center Dining Room.

Deeb received his B.A. and M.Ed. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University.  Prior to working at Niagara County Community College, Deeb served as Vice President for Student Affairs at West Liberty State College in West Virginia.  He started his career at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa as Director of Advisement and Retention.  He and his wife, Jodi, have two children.

Trocaire College, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo, is a private career-oriented Catholic college offering associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificate programs in hospitality, healthcare and technology.  Trocaire’s mission is to empower students toward personal enrichment, dignity, and self-worth through education in a variety of professions and in the liberal arts.