McEniry Appointed CBU Board Chairman

Robert G. McEniryMemphis, TN— Robert G. McEniry has been named Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University. McEniry has served on the Board since 2000 and was selected as the Chairman at the May 18 meeting.

McEniry succeeds Willis H. Willey, who has served since 2000. “During his tenure, Willis has provided excellent leadership for over a decade guiding the University to a foundation that promotes growth and excellence,” stated McEniry. “Willis has overseen the hiring of CBU’s first lay president, Dr. John Smarrelli. In his first year as president, Dr. Smarrelli has taken steps to continue moving the University forward, including the completion of the funding for our world class science facility, the Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences.”

McEniry is Chairman of the Board for nexAir, a position that he assumed in 2008 after serving as the CEO of the Memphis-based business from 1972-2008.  In addition, he has served as an officer of several industry groups, task forces and corporate boards, and is actively involved in community affairs. He currently is a Trustee of Junior Achievement and on the Board of Advisors of the Memphis Chamber of Commerce.  He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Christian Brothers High School Hall of Fame.

Passionate about CBU and its mission, McEniry said, “I am extremely excited about the future of CBU.  The University and the Christian Brothers have served the Memphis community for 139 years. Our Trustees come from various faiths, backgrounds and cultures.  This relationship promotes an educational foundation of ethics and morality so important in today’s world.  As a faith based institution, we are open to people of all religions and ethnicity. Consequently, our students mirror the society that we live in.”

McEniry is eager to begin his tenure and confident that with the leadership of Dr. Smarrelli and the Board of Trustees CBU will continue expanding its mission. “Our long tradition and our low student-professor ratio make us the ideal institution for today’s young men and women. Gifted students can excel and dedicated students can receive the extra attention that they require. Additionally, workforce professionals can obtain advanced degrees or complete their undergraduate degree,” stated McEniry.

Smarrelli is certain that with McEniry’s leadership of the Board, CBU will continue to pursue the vision and mission that has made it one of the top 20 Southern universities according to US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges. Smarrelli stated, “I am excited to work with Bob in his new role on the Board.  He brings a wealth of expertise and dedication that will enable CBU to continue building upon the strong foundation that has been established by Willis.  I look forward to a stellar year that will enhance the academic opportunities and services we offer to our students.”  ###

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