State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives are honored to recognize notable achievements
 4    in the lives of the citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS,  It  has  come  to our attention that Michael J.
 6    Vinciguerra assumed the duties as the eighth president of the
 7    University of St. Francis on June 1, 2002; and

 8        WHEREAS, Mr. Vinciguerra served as acting  president  for
 9    State  University  of  New  York at Farmingdale; he began his
10    career there in 1970 and has held the positions of professor,
11    vice president for academic affairs, and provost; he led  the
12    college  in its transformation from a two-year to a four-year
13    baccalaureate institution; and

14        WHEREAS,  While  at  Farmingdale,  Mr.  Vinciguerra   was
15    instrumental  in  the creation of a campus Bioscience Park in
16    collaboration with Cold  Spring  Harbor  Laboratory  and  OSI
17    Pharmaceutical,  a  leading  biotechnology  company;  a Solar
18    Energy  Center  in  partnership  with  local  utilities   and
19    industry was also begun under his leadership; and

20        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Vinciguerra's  experience  extends  to the
21    initiation of a campus-wide outcomes  assessment  program  to
22    pursue  continuous  improvement  in  programs and services as
23    well as  to  extensive  dealings  in  fiscal  and  enrollment
24    management; and

25        WHEREAS, Mr. Vinciguerra is a graduate of Iona College in
26    New Rochelle, New York with a degree in chemistry and holds a
27    master  of  science  degree and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry
28    from Adelphi University; and

29        WHEREAS, The University of St. Francis serves  more  than
30    4,300   undergraduate   and   graduate  students  nationwide,
31    including some 1,500  at  its  main  campus  in  Joliet;  the
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 1    remaining   students,   mostly   health  care  professionals,
 2    experience the University of St. Francis through off-site  or
 3    online classes; and

 4        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Vinciguerra  assumed  the  presidency from
 5    James A. Doppke, who  retired on May 31, 2002 after a 40-year
 6    career in higher education; Mr. Doppke served for 13 years at
 7    the University of St. Francis, and was appointed president in
 8    1996; and

 9        WHEREAS, The Sisters of St. Francis  of  Mary  Immaculate
10    founded   the   University   of  St.  Francis  in  1920;  the
11    congregation  and   university   recently   adopted   a   new
12    sponsorship  agreement  that provides for stronger connection
13    and a renewed commitment to mission and heritage; and

14        WHEREAS, The University of St. Francis, at 500 Wilcox St.
15    in Joliet, offers more than 60 areas of  undergraduate  study
16    in  arts and sciences, education, nursing, business, computer
17    science and professional arts;  nine  graduate  programs  are
18    offered  in  business,  education and health care; a national
19    leader in offering educational opportunities to  health  care
20    professionals,  the  university also offers a master's degree
21    in physician assistant studies in  Albuquerque,  New  Mexico;
22    therefore, be it

25    we wish Michael J. Vinciguerra well as he assumes his  duties
26    as the eighth president of the University of St. Francis; and
27    be it further

28        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
29    presented to Michael J. Vinciguerra as an expression  of  our
30    esteem.

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