Inside the Strategic Alliance Feasibility Study – Jan. 31

  1. Hilbert College Board Chair Gretchen Wylegala and President Cynthia Zane met with St. Bonaventure University Board of Trustees Chairman Raymond Dee and President Margaret Carney in December to follow up on our respective December board meetings.
  2. We determined that the executive committees of the boards of both Hilbert College and St. Bonaventure University will meet in Buffalo on February 24. The meeting will be facilitated by Richard (Tom) Ingram, President Emeritus of the Association of Governing Boards. While our respective board officers have been in communication prior to and throughout this process, this will be the first opportunity for the executive committees to convene and discuss issues pertaining to governance and possible structures.
  3. St. Bonaventure and Hilbert have retained the services of nationally-recognized higher education finance expert, Ronald Salluzzo ’72. Ron is Vice President and Partner of Higher Education and Academic Medical Centers at Attain LLC.
  4. Faculty Senate leadership at both institutions are meeting with their respective provosts to discuss faculty roles in the process moving forward.
  5. Hilbert College has developed grant proposals for two regional foundations to bring additional support for the expenses associated with the strategic alliance process. As we announced previously, The John R. Oishei Foundation has awarded St. Bonaventure University and Hilbert College $250,000 to support our efforts to create a strategic alliance. To view the funded Oishei proposal, click here.  Note: St. Bonaventure was the lead institution on the Oishei grant, because Hilbert already had a grant in progress with Oishei.
  6. Hilbert College administrators paid a visit to Mercyhurst University earlier this month to learn more about the model that resulted in the establishment of Mercyhurst North East, which was founded in 1991 on an 84-acre site that was once the home to St. Mary’s Seminary.
  7. Fr. Dominic Monti, O.F.M., who is serving as the Holy Name Province representative to the St. Bonaventure board’s Strategic Alliance Study Ad Hoc Committee, met with Sr. Sharon Goodremote, member of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership team. Sr. Sharon clarified that the FSSJ wish to remain engaged with the Hilbert campus as long as personnel and capability permit, and that they are also generally supportive of the talks between Hilbert College and St. Bonaventure University. They wish for their community’s contributions and history with Hilbert College to continue to be recognized and memorialized in perpetuity.
  8. The following is a link to an article referencing our strategic alliance process that appeared in The Buffalo News last weekend:

Coffee Talk

Due to scheduling conflicts over the next few weeks, we will be unable to hold our regular coffee talks, but we welcome your ideas and questions about this update or any other matters associated with the strategic alliance feasibility study. Please send an email to: and we will respond as soon as possible.

Did you know?

The St. Bonaventure campus was twice struck by fire in the early 1930s.  First, the fire of May 5, 1930, which caused the original building’s interior to be completely gutted and the structure razed to the ground.  One of the few items to survive the fire was the statue of the Blessed Mother, which was moved to the area where the sanctuary of the church had stood. Bricks from the original building were used in the construction.  Fire struck again, in 1933, and this time Lynch Hall was struck by lightning and lost its top two floors. (Eckert, Edward, K. The Good Journey: 150 Years of History at St. Bonaventure University, 2011.)