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April 19, 2000


LA CROSSE, Wis.— Former Viterbo College President Fr. J. Thomas Finucan, the first leader of the college who was not a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during Spring Commencement on Sunday, May 14 at the La Crosse Center.

Fr. Finucan was the President of Viterbo from 1970-80.  In his tenure, the college became co-educational, started its athletics program, initiated its first major capital campaign, and dramatically increased its enrollment of lay students.  After a 19-year absence, Fr. Finucan returned to Viterbo in 1999 to take the position of Assistant to the President for Vision 2005, the college’s strategic plan, and to promote the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

Also at this year’s spring commencement, which begins at 10 a.m., Earl Madary ‘88, President of the Faculty Assembly, will be the master of ceremonies, Wyatt Biel ‘00 will present the senior address, and Nancy Allen ’84 will give the alumni welcome.  The benediction will be given by Rev. Raymond L. Burke, Bishop to the Diocese of La Crosse.

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