St. Bonaventure's Presidents  



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Follow the links to short biographies of each of St. Bonaventure's presidents.

1.         Very Rev. Pamfilo da Magliano, O.F.M., 1859-1867.

2.         His Eminence Diomede Cardinal Falconio, O.F.M., S.T.D., 1867-1869.

3.         Rev. Maximus Cassini a Troppola, O.F.M., 1869-1873.

4.         Rev. Theophilus d’Avignon, O.F.M., 1873-1874.

5.         Very Rev. Charles Vissani a Nazzano, O.F.M., 1874-1877.

6.         Very Rev. Leo da Saracena, O.F.M., 1877-1880.

7.         Very Rev. Theophilus Pospisilik, O.F.M., 1880-1886.

8.         Very Rev. Joseph Butler, O.F.M., 1887-1911.

9.         Rev. Fidelis Reynolds, O.F.M., LL.D., 1911-1916.

10.       Rev. Alexander Hickey, O.F.M., Litt.D., 1916-1920. 

11.       Very Rev. Thomas Plassmann, O.F.M., Ph.D., S.T.D., 1920-1949.

12.       Very Rev. Juvenal Lalor, O.F.M., Ph.D., LL.D., L.H.D., 1949-1955.

13.       Very Rev. Brian Lhota, O.F.M., Ph.D., 1955-1961.

14.       Very Rev. Francis Kearney, O.F.M., Ph.D., 1961-1967.

15.       Very Rev. Reginald Redlon, O.F.M., Ph.D., 1967-1972.

            Rev. Cornelius Welch, O.F.M., , Ph.D., acting president, June 1972-Dec. 1972

16.       Very Rev. Damian McElrath, O.F.M., Ph.D., 1973-1975.

17.       Very Rev. Mathias Doyle, O.F.M., Ph.D., 1975-1990.

18.       Very Rev. Neil J. O’Connell, O.F.M., Ph.D., 1990-1993.

            Sr. Alice Gallin, O.S.U., Ph.D., Interim President, 1 July 1993-31 Jan. 1994.

19.       Dr. Robert J. Wickenheiser, Ph.D., 1 Feb. 1994-9 March 2003

            Very Rev. Dominic V. Monti, O.F.M., Ph.D., Interim President, 9 March 2003-31 May 2004

20.       Sr. Margaret Carney, O. S. F, S.T.D., 1 June 2004-31 July 2016

            Dr. Andrew Roth, Ph. D., Interim President, 1 August 2016-31 May 2017

21.       Dr. Dennis R. DePerro, Ed.D., 1 June 2017-28 February 2021

            Dr. Joseph Zimmer, Ph. D., Acting President,, 25 January 2021-


General practice for this website is to use the initials O.F.M. or OFM for all friars of the Friars Minor associated with St. Bonaventure regardless of the dates they were here. During the 19th century, the friars of the Immaculate Conception Province used the initials O.S.F. as members of the "Order of Minors of the Strict Observance of St. Francis." In 1897 Pope Leo XIII decreed that all the Friars Minor should unite under a common set of observances and all friars henceforth used the Friars Minor (OFM). What this means is that some friars will be found listed in sources with varying designations. Some, such as Cardinal Falconio, began with OSF and ended their careers as OFM. For simplicity's sake, we've decided to use one format for the entire history of SBU. Thanks to Fr. Dominic Monti for explaining the history to us.

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