What a great privilege it is to lead the remarkable learning community that is Bellarmine University.
At the outset of each fall term, I have the honor of welcoming to my office a new class of highly talented students to sign our Book of Matriculation. They come to us eager to learn and eager to join our Bellarmine University community. They pledge to do their best, to find and become their best, authentic selves.
At the close of each spring term, I have the honor of personally handing a diploma to each distinguished graduate of Bellarmine University. By then, our students are well informed and highly skilled in their disciplines, enriched by a liberal arts curriculum that encourages excellence, justice and ethics. And they have made us better, too.
In between signing our book and receiving our diploma is where the magic lies.
Every day, this magical growth takes place in our classrooms, on the quad, in our athletics facilities, in the library, and – most important - in the hearts, minds and souls of our students.
I see passionate, engaged students, faculty and staff pursuing excellence, integrity, meaning and growth, not only in the classrooms but also on the playing fields, in the residence halls and student life facilities, and in the dozens of extracurricular programs that contribute to the richness of the Bellarmine educational experience.
And through it all, our young students become vigorous lifelong learners and the successful leaders of tomorrow. Further, highly satisfied employers regularly confirm that our superb Bellarmine graduates not only “know their stuff” – they are also “excellent persons.”
I also have the pleasure of leading this growing university into the fulfillment of its future.
That future, inspired and guided by what we call Vision 2020, includes building and improving our existing schools and programs, and adding innovative new ones, expanding athletics, and realizing our exciting campus architectural plan.
I invite you to learn more about the magic of Bellarmine University by exploring these pages. Read carefully our Mission and Vision (pdf). And be sure to take the Virtual Tour of a spectacular campus, redolent of the charming hill towns of Tuscany, the birthplace of our patron.
Highly affordable and generous in its scholarships, Bellarmine University provides a uniquely transforming educational experience.
Come visit our campus and discover first-hand why Bellarmine is consistently rated an excellent university as well as a great value in higher education.
We will welcome you with open arms, open hearts and open minds.
Joseph J. McGowan, President