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A Message from President John Smarrelli

Dear Friend of CBU,

When you build a house, you don’t just finish construction and consider it completed forever. As the years go by, you’ll need to maintain that house, repair it, and even expand it as your family grows.

The Christian Brothers realized this when they established CBU in 1871. They knew this home they were building for students would have to grow and change with time. That’s why the campus moved from Adams Street to East Parkway in 1940, and why the Brothers established a separate campus for Christian Brothers High School in 1965. These changes helped the Brothers continue to serve the needs of the growing Mid-South community.

Now it’s time for the next phase of our growth. CBU serves more students now than at any time in our history. Whether they are residents or commuters, legacies or first generation, more than 1,500 students consider our campus a home. And of course many generations of alumni do as well, which is why we invite them back every year to celebrate “homecoming.”

A home is an investment. It’s only as good as the upkeep you put into it. We want CBU to be the best home it can be. Our current “Faith in Progress” campaign lays out a comprehensive plan for investing in and expanding our university.

I hope you’ll show your support of CBU by making a contribution today. The legacy the Brothers began building more than 140 years ago continues today, and it continues with you. Thank you for your support.

With gratitude,


John Smarrelli, Jr., PhD  

Office of Advancement

650 E. Parkway South, Box 104
Memphis, TN 38104

Phone: (901) 321-3270; (800) 283-2925
Fax: (901) 321-3266

The Office of Advancement is located in Barry Hall, Room 101.