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New President Appointed
In the more than 100 years of
its existence, Belmont Abbey
has had only 7 presidents; Fr.
Neil W. Tobin will be the eighth.
At a press conference on
March 16, Abbot Jude Cleary,
O.S.B., announced that Fr.
Tobin will succeed Father John
Bradley as president of
Belmont Abbey College.
Father Tobin, a native of
Cascade, Iowa, received the
B.A. degree in Latin from Loras
College in Dubuque, Iowa, and
the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in
classical languages and
literatures from Fordham
University. He received the
S.T.B. and S.T.L. degrees in
theology from Gregorian
University in Rome.
For the past seventeen years,
Fr. Tobin has been associated
with Loras College in various
capacities. He most recently
served as vice president for
academic affairs. Since 1972 he
has been national secretary-
treasurer of Delta Epsilon
Sigma, a national honors
society, and will continue to
hold this office here at Belmont
Abbey College. Fr. Tobin has
always been interested in the
arts and was a member of the
Board of Directors and second
vice president of the Dubuque
Symphony Orchestra. At
present he is the Pastor of St.
Donatus Church in St. Donatus,
Fr. Tobin was among 18
candidates considered by an
eight-member committee
seeking a president since Fr.
Bradley’s November an
nouncement that he will resign
in May to concentrate on
Belmont Abbey’s “external
At the conference, Fr. Tobin
said he hopes to bring together
“a community of planners” to
develop long range plans for the
He plans to study how the
College can meet the academic
needs of the religious and
business community around
Belmont Abbey College. And he
wants to keep lines of com
munication open among
teachers, students, alumni and
“I’m really a co-worker with
God trying to realize our
Father’s plan for an in
stitution,” Father Tobin said,
“Many times our Father’s plan
is different from ours, and it
becomes a matter of discer
ning what God’s plan is and
having the courage to go along
with it.”
Asked if the search com
mittee conducted an extensive
search for a president before
deciding on Fr. Tobin, Abbot
Jude replied: “The fact that we
got a man from Iowa may in
dicate to you it was
Father Tobin said it’s his
“prayer, hope and expectation”
that he’ll be able to walk in the
footsteps of the College’s past
presidents, which included
Abbot Jude and Fr. Bradley.
Fr. Neil Tobin, Abbot Jnde aeary. O.8.B. and
Fr. John Bradley at news conference during an
nouncement of Fr. Tobin’s appointment.
Alumni Support Admissions
Because of the fine efforts of
the admissions staff, Belmont
Abbey College is invited to
many college night programs.
InviUtions are given by high
school counselors and education
associations. These “CoUege
Nights” are attended by high
school juniors and seniors who
to gain information and
brochures from those coUeges
represented. Unfortunately,
many of these occur on the
same night, especiaUy during
the fall of the year. 'The ad
missions staff believes at
tendance at these programs is
very crucial to the continuation
of increased enrollment. Many
programs allow alumni to
represent the College. The
admissions office is seeking
alumni who are willing to help
in this area.
The admissicms counselors
will supply all the material, as
well as update the alumnus or
alumna as to the changes that
have taken place since their
graduation. If you are in
terested or would like more
information, write or call the
admissions counselor
responsiUe for your area:
Mr. J.P. Colins, 1516-llth Ave,
R.D. 3, Toms River, N.J. 00753,
(201) 566-3098 or 341-3366, New
York, New Jersey, Penn., Conn.
Mr. Robin Roberts, Ad
missions Office, Belmont Abbey
Ck)llege, Belmont, N.C. 28012,
(704) 825-3711 or 825-9682,
Florida, Virginia, D.C.,
Maryland. Tenn.
Ms. Jane Shannon. Ad
missions Office, Belmont Abbey
Q)llege, Belmont, N.C. 28012,
(704) 825-3711 or 82S-9K2, North
Carolina, South Carolina,
The Alumni Office has received word from College and University
Press in Falls Church, Va. that you will be receiving your alumni
directories in late May if you have already placed your order.
If, by chance, you receive an acknowledgement slip from College
and University Press, and you have not ordered a directory, please
telephone them toll free at 800-336-3724 to correct the error.
Directories can still be ordered by calling the above number or by
writing to the following address: College and University Press. 200
Park Avenue, Falls Church, Va. 22046.
Day Of Recollection
Set For Area Alumni
The Day of Recollec
tion for all area alumni
and their spouses or
dates, originally
scheduled for April 1, has
been changed to May 6.
The events, sponsored
by Father Oscar Burnett,
O.S.B., director of
Campus Ministry, will be
held at the Abbey’s Lake
Norman retreat house.
The day’s activities will
include informal group
discussions of obstacles
encountered in daily
living, recreation,
swimming, a covered-
dish dinner and just good
For more information
on times, directions to the
house, etc., contact Fr.
Oscar at 825-3711, Ext.
247 or 218.

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