“Cabrini will forever be in my heart,” Dr. Antoinette Iadarola, known as Toni by friends and colleagues, said in her reflection of 16 years spent at Cabrini.
During those 16 years she has aided in educating students in values on the common good and conducted a comprehensive fundraising campaign called “10,000 hearts capital campaign.”
“The campaign was a successful one in going $4 million over goal raising almost $20 million to fund the Science, Education and Technology Center and providing needed support for student scholarships and faculty development,” according to Iadarola.
She looks back warmly at her first years at Cabrini, especially with her friendship with the founding president of the college, Sister Ursula Infante. She also credits her success to mentors, such as the board of trustees, faculty leadership and past teachers who have stayed in touch with her over the years.
“The college has never been as strong as it is today in its 50th anniversary year,” Iadarola said. “We will need to launch another capital campaign soon and I believe my successor, Dr. Marie George, comes highly qualified to meet the challenges that we have in this regard.”
There are numerous needs for the college in the upcoming years and a new capital campaign will help ensure that Cabrini continues to be successful and will be recognized nationally for its programs.
“I am often asked what I will miss when I leave Cabrini College. Without hesitation, on top of my list, I will miss our students. I will treasure the times I have seen them play on the athletic fields, chatting in my home while decorating the Christmas tree, meeting with SGA leaders, eating in the dining hall and shaking hands at matriculation and graduation ceremonies.”
Iadarola has not only been a strong leader for students, but something much more. She has been a neighbor, a mentor and most importantly, a friend.
“It has been an honor and privilage for me to be president of Cabrini College at this time in history.I am grateful for the support of so many, and the many friendships I have formed.”