"As I reflect on 47 years in higher education, I can say with certainty that my journey has been both a career path and a calling," said Dennis C. Golden, Fontbonne president. "Here at Fontbonne, it is also a labor of love because we constantly strive to develop our students into global citizens who are competent, ethical and prepared to serve a world in need."
Golden came to the university in 1995, the first male, married, lay president of Fontbonne, which was founded and continues to be sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. He is proud of how Fontbonne has grown under his tenure and how the school is situated for the future.
"In the Book of Ecclesiastes it is written that 'there is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven,'" Golden said. "I will conclude my season and time as servant-leader president knowing that, in collaboration with my colleagues, Fontbonne has reached the next level."
Throughout his time at Fontbonne, Golden has overseen the successful completion of two capital campaigns; the investment of $32 million in capital improvements, including numerous campus renovations; the establishment of unique academic and community-enriching programs like the annual Dedicated Semester; two successful Higher Learning Commission accreditations; the development of a statement of Catholic identity and the revision of Fontbonne’s mission, vision and values statements; and a growth in enrollment and academic programs for undergraduates, graduates and working adults, which led to expanded services, additional faculty, enhanced technology, and additional athletic programs.
"Dr. Golden provided unique and passionate leadership to Fontbonne University during his 19 years of service,” said Dr. Greg Taylor, executive vice president. “He possesses a special talent for relating on a personal level with all of the university's constituents. That talent will be missed."
The search for the next president of Fontbonne University is under way. Applications for the position are due by Oct. 11, 2013. The new president will be announced in the spring of 2014.
Learn more about the nomination and application process.