PITTSBURGH, PA (September 27, 2016) More than 2,000 Duquesne University students, faculty, staff, dignitaries and honored guests attended the inauguration of Ken Gormley as the university’s 13th president on September 22, 2016, at the A. J. Palumbo Center.
Among the distinguished guests included Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik, a Duquesne University alumnus; Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who called Gormley “a true Pittsburgher” during his remarks; Fr. Jeffrey T. Duaime, C.S.Sp., provincial for the U.S. Congregation of the Holy Spirit; Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; and Art and Dan Rooney, owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Hundreds of Duquesne University students lined the campus as President Gormley led nearly 400 academics and dignitaries in procession along the Academic Walk to the inauguration ceremonies. Inside the A.J. Palumbo Center a crowd of about 2,000 students, faculty, staff and honored guests gathered for the inauguration.
The former law school dean and professor was appointed to the fill the position of former Duquesne president Charles Dougherty in the fall of 2015.
“I accept this appointment with awe and a deep sense of gratitude,” Gormley said during his inauguration remarks. “It seems like a unique fit for me in this moment in Duquesne’s history. I truly believe that we’re poised for the next important stage in this university’s future, especially if we’re prepared to think big.
“This is a new moment for Pittsburgh history. If we harness and put Duquesne at the epicenter of this change…we can allow this change to reflect Spiritan traditions,” said Gormley.
Duquesne University is proud of its Spiritan heritage that provides students with a transformative education focused on scholarship, ethical leadership, social justice and service. Under President Gormley’s leadership, Duquesne is committed to continuing this legacy and achieving the next level of excellence