Susan Donovan was formerly executive vice president at Loyola University. | Courtesy of Bellarmine

As it has done only three times prior, Bellarmine University will officially install a new president, Susan M. Donovan, on Friday, Oct. 27.

After a global search, the university announced Donovan’s appointment in February. She began her new role in June after a 32-year career at Loyola University in Maryland.

Inauguration day will begin with a morning mass at St. Agnes Church, followed by a 2 p.m. inauguration ceremony in Knights Hall, according to Bellarmine.

Classes are canceled on inauguration day as students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and board members have been invited to attend. The inauguration ceremony will also be broadcast live at

The inauguration ceremony will formally install Donovan as Bellarmine’s fourth president, following Monsignor Alfred F. Horrigan (1950-1972), Dr. Eugene V. Petrik (1973-1990) and Dr. Joseph J. McGowan, Jr. (1990-2016).

In a statement, Donovan said: “I consider it a privilege to accept the responsibility to lead Bellarmine forward to even greater prominence and impact in the local, regional and global society.”

The Catholic institution is setting aside the whole week to celebrate the inauguration, with the following events:

Monday, Oct. 23: Dare to Care service opportunity with students at 10 a.m., an undergraduate student reception at 4:30 p.m. and graduate student reception at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 24: Breakfast with staff at 8 a.m., lunch with Pioneer Scholars first generation students at 11 a.m. and a reception with faculty at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: NPR’s Ari Shapiro will deliver the Guarnaschelli Lecture at 7 p.m. in Frazier Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Oct. 26: An alumni inauguration celebration takes place beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center.

Friday, Oct. 27: Mass at St. Agnes Church starts at 10 a.m., with the Inauguration Ceremony in Knights Hall at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28: Service project with students at Franciscan Kitchen at 8:30 a.m., and the Knight of Knights inauguration gala celebration at 6 p.m.