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.
How super but not surprising! Congratulations, Linda, you bring such life wherever you are. I'm glad you are recognized for your efforts - which really look effortless in the above picture. Continued blessings.
Way to go, Linda! So proud of you! Sorry you can't make our crowd lunch. Will try to connect before we head back north. Hugs.
So wonderful to see Linda honored. Linda, if you happen to see this comment, just this morning I was up at Camilla Hall at Immaculata in PA and met a nun in the gift shop who knew you from being in Miami!! Sorry, I didn't get her name...she is an IHM.....I never expected to see this article on the same day a few hours after seeing her!!
Congratulations, Linda! This is a well-deserved honor for you and for Barry University.