The sound of bagpipes and clapping illuminated Hempstead Stadium as Endicott’s seventh president, Dr. Steven R. DiSalvo, took to the stage for his official inauguration.
Inauguration commenced a little past 9:30 a.m with a long procession of faculty, alumni, presidential ambassadors, and others, preceded by the Campbell Highlanders processional bagpipers.
As emeritus and the student body filled the outdoor seating and some took to the stage, all rose to hear Jeana Alfano ‘20 sing the National Anthem. Reverend Gail Cantor gave a welcoming invocation as the crowd settled in.
A series of greetings, beginning with 1994 graduate Alisa de Gapse, followed the anthem. Other speakers that followed included Dr. James Brett from the New England Council, Dr. Harry Dumay from Elms College, Abdourrachid Sow ‘20, student parent John Shea, Dr. Luke Reynolds from the English department and Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill.
Following the speakers and a performance of “The City Will Be” by the Endicott Singers, Dr. DiSalvo was read an investiture by Cynthia Merkle ‘77 as he donned his Fordham robe for his Endicott presidential robe.
Following the changing of robes, Dr. DiSalvo delivered an inaugural address announcing his plans for the following years to come at Endicott. Parking, new residence halls and an updated nursing facility were among the plans his address mentioned.
As the inauguration concluded just before 12 p.m., the Highlanders led the recessional where the inauguration festivities continued to several reception locations.
At the reception locations were cards where students and staff could write well wishes and advice to Dr. DiSalvo as his presidency is beginning.