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A Century of Saints

Bruce Stender


Bruce Stender Bruce Stender was the College's first lay president. During his tenure (1975-1981) he oversaw the College's first capital campaign (the Scholastica Adventure), which generated $8.2 million, funding the construction of the Reif Recreation Center, completed in 1979. The first Reif Run, a Mayfest tradition, was held at the dedication of the new facility. The new athletic space enabled the conversion of the old gymnasium building into the Little Theatre. Also during President Stender's tenure, a new general education program involving institutional competencies was inaugurated, and the beloved Ireland Study Abroad program was created at the Irish Study Center in Louisburgh, County Mayo.


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