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CBU President Named “Outstanding Executive Leader” by Memphis Fundraising Professionals

MEMPHIS — Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., president of Christian Brothers University (CBU), will be honored as the “Outstanding Executive Leader” by the  Association of Fundraising Professionals  (Memphis Chapter)  at its annual  National Philanthropy Day Crystal Awards  on November 13 at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals... Read More
Posted by Cory Dugan at Wednesday, September 26, 2018

After 10 Years of Service, John Smarrelli to Leave CBU Presidency in June

by  Jennifer Pignolet , Memphis Commercial Appeal At least once a semester, Christian Brothers University President John Smarrelli, who also happens to be a biochemist, pops into an introductory biology class to see if he's "still got it." "A little rusty, let's put it that way," Smarrelli said of his last appearance in front of a classroom.  He'll soon have a lot more time to sharpen his teaching skills if he wants.  This... Read More
Posted by Cory Dugan at Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Earnest Duffie Joins CBU as Director of Human Resources

MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) is pleased to announce the selection of Earnest Duffie as its Director of Human Resources. Duffie is a native of Memphis and brings over 20 years of human resources and leadership experience. He began his career in the US Army and has served in various human resources roles for industry-leading companies such as AutoZone, Coca-Cola, International Paper, and Time Warner. Duffie holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and... Read More
Posted by Cory Dugan at Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Ron Brandon Named CFO, Vice President for Administration & Finance

Ron Brandon has been named chief financial officer and vice president for administration & finance for Christian Brothers University (CBU), effective October 11, 2017. Brandon comes to CBU from the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, where he currently serves as chief financial officer. Previously, he was the CFO of Memphis-based Protech Systems Group, Inc. for eight years, following a stint in the same role with the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South. “It is with great enthusiasm... Read More
Posted by Cory Dugan at Friday, September 15, 2017

Billingsley Joins CBU as Vice President for Advancement

MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) is proud to announce that Mark Billingsley has joined the University’s executive leadership team as its newest Vice President for Advancement, effective August 15, 2017. Billingsley will be responsible for all of the fund development and unearned revenue-generating strategies for the 146 year-old University, including alumni activities, major gifts, bequest gifts and planned giving, CBU’s annual fund, and grants management.

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Posted by Cory Dugan at Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CBU President Joins Catholic Leaders in Call to Protect DACA Students

MEMPHIS — Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., president of Christian Brothers University (CBU), is among 65 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities who recently signed a letter calling upon Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to clarify the department’s practices and intentions regarding immigrants previously protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. The letter urges the secretary to carry out President Trump’s promise last month to protect DACA... Read More
Posted by Cory Dugan at Friday, May 26, 2017

CBU Board of Trustees Welcomes Three New Members

MEMPHIS – The Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University welcomes three new members: Cathy Ross is the former CFO and EVP at FedEx, now retired. Cathy has endowed a scholarship in the CBU School of Business and has freely given of her time as a volunteer mentor to CBU students. She holds a B.A. degree from CBU and an MBA in Finance from the University of Memphis. Cathy has won numerous awards including the Black Enterprise “Woman of Power Legacy Award,” the ... Read More
Posted by Cory Dugan at Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Governor Haslam to Deliver CBU Commencement Address

MEMPHIS — The Board of Trustees of Christian Brothers University (CBU) announced that Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will deliver the address at the University’s 2017 commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Signaigo Field on CBU’s campus. CBU will confer the honoris causa (honorary doctorate) on Governor Haslam in recognition of his outstanding commitment to improving higher education across the state of Tennessee,... Read More
Posted by Cory Dugan at Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CBU Names Engineering School in Honor of Alumnus and Benefactor

Gadomski School of Engineering Announced at Bell Tower Gala Dick Gadomski (second from left) with his wife Flo Gadomski, son-in-law Jay Healy (MBA '11), and daughter Dr. Regina Gadomski Healy ('88) MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) has announced that its nationally recognized engineering school has been officially named the Gadomski School of Engineering, in honor of alumnus and benefactor Dick Gadomski, AFSC . The announcement was made by CBU... Read More
Posted by Cory Dugan at Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Call for Compassion and Unity

Dear Students,  Tuesday evening concluded one of the more polarizing political seasons in our nation’s history. Noting the often challenging rhetoric of the campaign, we find it encouraging that the president-elect struck a conciliatory tone during his victory speech, praising his opponent and voicing a desire to bring unity to the nation. Our campus should take heed. Whatever the future holds for the next four years, there is no license or mandate from this election for meanness... Read More
Posted by Joshua Colfer at Friday, November 11, 2016