As Siena College's 12th President, I am very conscious of the significant challenges we face as an institution that educates and inspires students to create a more just, peaceful and humane world. I consider it a privilege to help lead our beloved institution during this time, and I firmly believe Siena's best days are ahead. As we go forward to guide our country to higher planes of justice, we take inspiration from the past.
Over 800 years ago, Saint Francis of Assisi made a choice. Born into a wealthy family, Francis decided to forgo the privileged life of a nobleman to follow the Lord. Francis' life's work was responsive to the needs of his time, but also innovative. Ultimately, he improved the lives of many and made the world a better place. He continues to serve as a sterling example of how one person can make a difference.
Inspired by Saint Francis, we at Siena we must carry forth with unshakeable resolve and clarity of purpose: to educate and mentor high quality graduates, empowered with the Franciscan spirit and prepared to lead in their chosen fields.
Our greatest strength is our people – we embody the mission of Siena College. We will work together to reach our God-given potential.
The world needs more Saints – more Siena Saints. As Francis beckons: Let us begin again.
Christopher P. Gibson ’86 Ph.D., Siena College President