SBU Names Alumnus as Associate Vice President

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ALLEGANY, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure University  President Sister Margaret Carney, OSF, recently announced the appointment of SBU alumnus Lawrence Sorokes as associate vice president for Franciscan mission and director of the Mychal Judge Center. Sorokes, who earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree at SBU, begins on Aug. 15.

Sorokes comes to SBU from the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College, where he was president for planning and development and dean. At SBU, he will provide leadership in the Franciscan mission for the founding and direction of the Mychal Judge Center and related Franciscan mission office activities.

“I am delighted that Larry will join our team. His experiences in higher education administration and his commitment to the mission of SBU are welcome additions to our staff,” said Sr. Margaret.

The Mychal Judge Center is a tribute to Mychal, known in life as a peacemaker who traveled to Northern Ireland to promote reconciliation. The center will house a specialized program of study and faculty exchange with the Republic of Ireland, the United States and Northern Ireland through cultural and academic study, research, co-curricular seminars, internships and service-learning opportunities. The program will exchange students and faculty members and link SBU with universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Funding of $300,000 has been provided through the 2008 Federal Appropriations Bill, with the support of N.Y. Senators Hillary Clinton and Charles Schumer.

The center will develop curriculum and methodology to provide opportunities for students and faculty to explore the issues that face Ireland as it forges a new national identity. SBU students and faculty will learn from Ireland at this moment in history, said Sr. Margaret.

In addition to his work in Ireland, Mychal is remembered for ministering at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, as a chaplain to the firefighters.