2018-12-06 / Mainsheet

Salve President Leaves Successful Legacy

Photos courtesy of Salve Regina University


Andrew Moffit, Thompson Moffit, Gov. Gina Raimondo and Sister Jane Gerety Andrew Moffit, Thompson Moffit, Gov. Gina Raimondo and Sister Jane Gerety In this her 10th and final Governor’s Ball as Salve Regina University president, Sister Jane Gerety joined revelers, including Gov. Gina Raimondo and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, in Ochre Court on the evening of Dec. 1 to celebrate the fundraiser.

With more than $510,000 raised for student scholarships, Sister Jane, who is retiring in June 2019, will close the books on the most successful decade in the Ball’s 42-year history.

Established in 1977 with the assistance of former Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy (1930-2012), the Governor’s Ball has raised nearly $8 million to support students. About half of these funds were raised since Sister Jane took over as university president in 2009. Under Sister Jane’s leadership, the Ball has doubled in support ($252,750 raised in 2009 to $510,000 raised in 2018) as the university’s signature event.


Philip Bellafiore proposes to Michelle Sagastume. Philip Bellafiore proposes to Michelle Sagastume. The success is a reflection of a president who placed her passion for students and access to education at the top of her leadership priorities. During her tenure, Sister Jane led a major campaign, “Scholars and Scholarships,” to reach 100 gifted, endowed funds valued at over $15 million to support students, faculty, and research. More than $10 million was raised for the O’Hare Academic Building project, including a challenge grant to alumni that produced over $1 million and had the highest alumni participation of any building project.

“This has been the best job in the world,” Sister Jane has said. “I’ve cherished my work of ensuring that every Salve graduate enters the ‘real world’ with the best chance to succeed, both personally and professionally.”



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Tracy Barlok, Jane Barlok and Mary Cieszko. Tracy Barlok, Jane Barlok and Mary Cieszko.

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