January 26, 2016, Miami Shores, Florida – Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, president of Barry University since 2004, has been named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce. She will receive the award during a special dinner, held February 10, 2016, at the Miami Shores Country Club.
A native of Queens, New York, Sister Linda has deep roots in the Miami area, where her family has lived since 1958. She graduated magna cum laude from Barry in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and that year entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation. She also holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Siena Heights College (University) in 1969.
Sister Linda spent much of her ministerial life serving in higher education: as assistant dean of student affairs at Barry in 1969 and as dean of student affairs from 1970 to 1978. After earning her PhD in higher education administration and leadership from Michigan State University in 1980, she served again at Barry, directing the school’s alternative programs. She was then Barry’s associate vice president for academic affairs and then dean of the School of Professional and Career Education.
Sister Linda was elected in 1986 to the Congregation’s General Council, serving under Sister Nadine Foley, OP, Prioress, until 1992. She was president of Gwynedd Mercy College, in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, from 1993 until 2002.
Founded and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Barry University offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, professional, and doctoral degree programs and celebrates its Catholic, Dominican identity while welcoming students of all faiths.
November 11, 2015, Miami Beach, Florida – Every year, Barry University’s Founders’ Week in November includes special celebratory events. This year, marking the University’s 75th anniversary, Founders Week’ events are even more special.
The Founders’ Week celebration of Barry’s Adrian Dominican Legacy included lunchtime breakout sessions with Adrian Dominican Sisters on Tuesday, November 10. That evening, author Jo Pizza gave a keynote address, “If Nuns Ruled the World,” including book signing. Serving on a panel with her were Adrian Dominican Sisters Carleen Maly, OP, director of Adrian Rea Literacy Center in Adrian; Kathy Nolan, OP, director of the Congregation’s Office of Global Mission, Justice, and Peace; and Nancyann Turner, OP, director of the Rosa Parks Children and Youth Program at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Special events on Wednesday, November 12, included a one-woman play on the life of St. Catherine of Siena by Sister Nancy Murray, OP.
As a further celebration of the Adrian Dominican heritage, Barry University established their Living History Project, “Founding our Future.” Featured on Barry’s website are video interviews with 25 Adrian Dominican Sisters who have influenced the University through their service as administrators, faculty and staff members, and members of the Board of Trustees.