Brother Vincent to be Inaugurated as CBU’s 21st President April 23

(Memphis, TN)—Brother Vincent Malham, F.S.C., will be officially installed as 21st president of Christian Brothers University at inaugural ceremonies Sunday, April 23, 2006. The inauguration will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Central Avenue at 4 p.m.

Brother Vincent began his official duties as CBU president in December. Prior to that he served as president and chief executive officer of Bethlehem University in the Palestinian Authority. He replaced Brother Stanislaus Sobczyk, F.S.C., who completed his second three-year term as CBU president and stepped down on June 30, 2005 to become involved in other educational ministries in California. CBU trustee and Memphis business leader H. Lance Forsdick served as CBU’s interim president from July 1, 2005 to December 1, 2005.

A native of Brinkley, Arkansas, Brother Vincent has been a Christian Brother since 1955. An alumnus of Christian Brothers University, he also holds a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN, a Master of Music in choral conducting from Washington University in St. Louis and the Doctor of Music in music education from Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

Brother Vincent became vice chancellor at Bethlehem University in 1997 and was named president in 1998. Prior to his duties at Bethlehem in the Middle East, he held several teaching and administrative positions including a six-year tenure as dean of arts at CBU (1981-87) and as Provincial Superior of the St. Louis Province of Christian Brothers from 1990 to 1995. He has served on the boards of CBU and St. Mary’s University and was a delegate to the General Chapter of Christian Brothers in Rome in 1993.

An accomplished musician, Brother Vincent performed extensively as part of a piano duo with the recently deceased Brother Laurence Walther for 30 years in the United States and abroad. A lover of languages and international cultures, he speaks French, as well as some Spanish and Arabic.

Brother Vincent is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He has been honored by the Sovereign Order of Malta with the “Croix Pro Piis Meritus”, by St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA with an honorary doctorate, and by Christian Brothers University with the Bishop Dozier Award for Peace and Justice. He was also given honorary citizenship in Bethlehem.

Founded in 1871 by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, CBU is part of the Lasallian educational network active in 81 countries of the world and in more than 1,000 educational institutions. It is one of seven Lasallian colleges and universities in the United States.

Christian Brothers University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 25 Southern Universities Granting Master’s Degrees and is ranked 3rd for its campus diversity among Southern universities. The first private institution in Memphis to integrate, CBU is also known for providing students of all backgrounds and faiths a well-rounded education built on individualized attention, hands-on learning, and encouragement of personal ethical development, ##

Note: The April 23 inaugural event is by invitation only but media coverage is welcome. Please call John Kerr at 901-321-4417, jkerr@cbu.edu, for arrangements and details. There are several events on campus for students, faculty and staff as well. For more information on the complete inaugural schedule, call 901-321-3270.

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