Inauguration of Barbara Lettiere
On Friday, October 27, the first lay president of Immaculata University, Barbara Lettiere ’72, will become the 10th president to lead the Catholic university located in Chester County. The day’s events begin with a Eucharist Liturgy at 1 p.m. at the Villa Maria House of Studies chapel. Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, Vicar for Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will be the main celebrant. The Installation Ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. in Alumnae Hall Theater followed by a celebratory reception in the Great Hall (see attached Request for Coverage with details).
“President Lettiere wishes the inauguration to focus on the students and to have a joyful celebration with the entire campus community,” states Sister Mary Henrich, IHM, vice president for Mission and Ministry who coordinated the inauguration events.
Focusing on a campus-wide celebration that emphasizes the students, a simpler celebration is planned. Modifying the pomp and circumstance of a traditional university Inauguration allows Immaculata to offer the 2017 Inaugural Scholarship which will sustain the celebration and keep the focus on the students moving forward. The $15,000 scholarship will help students remove a financial barrier to pursing their education at Immaculata. Criteria for the scholarship are that the students be a resident of New Jersey, where President Lettiere was born and raised, and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. For more information on the 2017 Inaugural Scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Financial Aid Office at 610-647-4400 ext. 3028.
“My top priority is the students of Immaculata University. I am very pleased that by maintaining simplicity in the inauguration planning we can provide opportunities for worthy high school students in New Jersey, my home state,” Lettiere states. “I am honored to offer the 2017 Inaugural Scholarship and eager to meet the first recipient.”
Barbara Lettiere ’72
Prior to taking the helm at Immaculata, Lettiere served as vice president for Finance and Administration at Trinity Washington University for 15 years. She spent most of the early years of her professional career at Bell Atlantic Corporation holding various positions within the operations, marketing and finance sectors. In 1992, she became vice president/treasurer at Bell Atlantic before assuming the presidency of Bell Atlantic Federal Systems for five years where she helped secure the largest government contract ever awarded to Bell Atlantic.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Immaculata, Lettiere continued her education earning a Master of Arts degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Decision Sciences and Finance from Rider University. She is also a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
Located on the Main Line in scenic Chester County, 20 miles west of Philadelphia, Immaculata University is a Catholic comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher learning. On November 12, 1920, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted a college charter at the request of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) thus making Immaculata the first Catholic women’s college in the region. The IHM Sisters’ mission of educating women for more than 165 years has produced approximately 22,000 alumni worldwide and currently has nearly 3,000 students enrolled in 53 undergraduate majors, seven master’s degree programs, three doctoral degree programs, and over 40 additional professional endorsement, certificate and certification programs. Immaculata University contributes to the development of the whole person of any faith, fostering a commitment to truth, service, justice, and peace.