(Memphis, TN)— Following the death of Brother Vincent Malham, FSC, the Christian Brothers University (CBU) Board of Trustee, at their regularly scheduled May meeting, selected Mr. H. Lance Forsdick Sr. to again serve as interim president of CBU, a position he will hold until a permanent president can be named for CBU.
Forsdick was interim president of CBU from July 1 to December 1, 2005 when Brother Vincent assumed the presidency full time. During Brother Vincent’s presidency, Forsdick served as the Strategic Advisor to the President, was a member of the CBU Board of Trustees and the Chair of the Advancement Committee.
Willis H. Willey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at CBU, wholeheartedly endorses the appointment, “Lance Forsdick has been a close friend, adviser and supporter of the University for many years. Lance knows the University. His professionalism, business leadership skills and integrity make him an excellent choice to serve as interim president until the University can conduct a search and select a new president.”
Forsdick, a prominent Memphis businessman, is past chair of the CBU Board of Trustees and a past chair of the Christian Brothers High School Board of Trustees. He graduated from CBU in 1961 with a B.S. in business administration. During his professional career, he has operated various corporate interests in construction, development, hospitality, real estate, property management and personal financial investment. Forsdick has been an active supporter and friend to many organizations in the greater Memphis area. In addition to his service at CBU and CBHS, he has served on the boards of St. Dominic School, St. Agnes Academy, St. Peter Villa and St. Francis Hospital as well as several corporate boards.
Forsdick was awarded affiliate membership in the Christian Brothers in 1993 and was named Humanitarian of the Year by the National Council of Christians and Jews in 1994. In 1999, he received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, the highest papal award given to a layman. He received an honorary doctorate from CBU in 2004.
Under Forsdick’s leadership, the University will continue to pursue the vision and strategic plan set forth by Brother Vincent. “We will complete the construction and expansion of the CBU Science Complex by this fall, continue campus improvements and beautification efforts, expand the University’s scope in academic offerings with several new undergraduate programs slated to begin this fall, and explore new avenues for fund raising initiatives,” stated Forsdick. “This University has some great opportunities and some big challenges, so we want to forge ahead to meet them. It’s a great place with great people. We have a bright future.” ###