“I have the utmost confidence that under her leadership Cabrini will achieve even greater levels of institutional excellence,” President Toni Iadarola proclaimed with assurance as she announced her successor.
On March 10, Iadarola invited the campus to meet the soon-to-be 7th president of Cabrini College, Dr. Marie Angelella George.
“I humbly come to Cabrini College offering my talents, prepared not to change you, but to join with you, as we continue the legacy of advancing to new heights of excellence,” George said.
George, 58, was selected unanimously by the college board of trustees after an extensive nationwide search conducted by a 13 member presidential search advisory committee.
Like Iadarola, of Italian descent and standing at just 5-feet-tall, George has a notable fundraising background as well as strong Catholic beliefs.
Her most noteworthy accomplishment was co-chairing an annual fund at the University of Scranton that raised $3.2 million in 2002-03 and is currently conducting a plan at St. Anselm College where the ultimate goal is $100 million.
The main aspect drawing George to the college is her commitment to Catholic higher education.
“It’s a combination of Cabrini’s journey and my journey in Catholic higher education coming together,” George said. “I envision Cabrini College as a one-of-a-kind jewel in the crown of higher Catholic education.”
“She has a great understanding of the Catholic tradition of the college,” Iadarola added.
From the moment George stepped on campus, she felt relaxed knowing that her choice was “just so right.”
“Cabrini College has captivated and captured my heart,” George said.