NEW HAVEN – With a call to excellence, commitment to diversity and promise to grow enrollment and resources, Marc M. Camille was inaugurated as the 14th president of Albertus Magnus College on May 4 in front of the college’s iconic Rosary Hall.
I unabashedly declare that this college’s brightest moments are yet to unfold,” said Camille, whose address wove an emphasis on the values of study and prayer together with humility, self-giving and the placing of self after others.
“When I think about our world and the ever-growing litany of its challenges, there is a need and call for more values-based educated citizens,” he said, “those with humility prepared to apply their knowledge and experience for the betterment of society and others.”
“There never has been a time when the Catholic and Dominican values and liberal arts-based education offered at Albertus Magnus College is as needed or relevant as it is today,” said Camille, who began serving as president last year.
He succeeded the long-standing Julia M. McNamara, who completed 34 years as president of the college founded by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
Hartford Archbishop Leonard P. Blair was among dignitaries who greeted the incoming president and he pledged his support and prayers. He also blessed the mace and president’s medallion — symbols of the college.
Paul Broadie, president of Gateway Community College and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, echoed the thoughts of many in attendance in stating that Camille was “the buzz of the community” when he arrived last year.
With 29 years in academic leadership, Camille has served at Loyola University Maryland and Xavier University in Ohio. He earned his doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.
The installation ceremony was the highlight of four days of activities held to honor the four Dominican pillars: study, prayer, community and service. Events included a celebration of the college’s liberal arts tradition; a Mass of the Holy Spirit at St. Joseph Church; and a day that invited the community to participate in service projects.
Turning his focus to the college's place in the Greater New Haven community, Camille stated that the student body today is “intentionally, proudly” diverse.
“The diversity that blesses us at Albertus Magnus College is the envy of so many colleges and universities that are struggling to diversify their student bodies,” said Camille, who noted that more than 60 percent of students are people of color, and nearly half are the first in their family to earn a college degree.
He also said that a strategic planning process will get underway next fall as the college anticipates the celebration of its centennial in 2025.
“This college’s mission professes faithfulness to its Catholic heritage and the Judeo-Christian tradition,” said Camille, “while remaining dedicated to providing an opportunity for learning which responds to the academic needs and ethical challenges of its students and society.”
Albertus Magus has an enrollment of 1,500 students in traditional undergraduate programs, accelerated adult degree programs and 11 graduate programs. Founded in 1925 as an all-girls college, it became co-educational in 1985.
Today, students compete in 14 NCAA Division II varsity teams as part of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. In April, the city of New Haven announced that when it reopens the Ralph Walker Skating Rink next year, it will become home of the college’s new men’s hockey team.