Written on: June 23, 2016
Sister Denise A. Roche, Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart will officially retire her post as president of D’Youville College on July 1. To honor her 36 year tenure, the college had a special celebration on June 2.
“These years at D’Youville have been a great blessing in my life,” Sister Denise said. “I am very grateful to God for the people I have met, the experiences I have had and the lessons I have learned. Being at the college has made it a joy to go to work each day. The years have passed quickly because it has been such a pleasure to work together with the students, faculty, staff and trustees to make exciting changes and address the challenges we have faced together.”
When Sister Denise was named 14th president of D’Youville College at the age of 37, she was the youngest president in the college’s 71 year history.
While president, enrollment grew from 1153 students in 1980 to approximately 3000 students today; the college endowment was $1.2 million then and is now more than $38 million. The annual budget 35 years ago was $6.1 and today stands at nearly $60 million.
“Sister Denise has guided D’Youville College through changes and fluctuations in enrollment, fiscal demands, student demographics, faculty demands and a myriad of challenges over the decades” said D. John Bray, director of public relations, who has served the college for more than 30 years.
Wayne H. Redekop, chair of the D’Youville Board of Trustees, said: “D’Youville College as we know it today is very much a reflection of the character and values of Sister Denise A. Roche. She has touched the lives of many and left an indelible mark on Buffalo and Western New York. She has been an inspiring leader and will be very difficult to replace. All of the trustees wish Sister Denise an exciting and fulfilling retirement.”
We, your Sisters in community, are thankful for your service to our Congregation and our beloved D’Youville College. Many blessings, Denise!