Community Message from Interim President John Petillo
November 1, 2010
To the Sacred Heart University Community:
I want to thank the Board of Trustees for their confidence in me. I’m honored and privileged to be named interim president. I’m committed to this cause, and I realize that going forward I’ll need the help of every member of the Sacred Heart University community, from faculty and staff to students and alumni and friends.
As the dean of the John F. Welch College of Business, my highest priority was the quality of the education we offer our students. Going forward, I will be relentless in pursuing this goal in all our Colleges. The great Catholic intellectual tradition is our heritage and our inspiration at Sacred Heart.
I will count on your candor. I want to hear about our strengths and weaknesses. We will be aggressive in pursuit of collegiality. Trust me when I say Sacred Heart’s best days lie ahead. All our students and faculty and alumni can be proud to call this their home. My door is always open to you, and I value your input and contributions. All great institutions excel when there is transparency, openness and candor.
In the weeks ahead, I will introduce myself to as many of you as possible, and I look forward to speaking with you personally. I will also be holding a University community meeting in the coming days. Thank you for making Sacred Heart University an exceptional place.
John J. Petillo, Ph.D.