“We think about the whole person, and part of that whole person is their faith and their spiritual development, taking them off campus and immersing them in their community, whether for service work or spiritual retreats , so we know that when they graduate, they’re not just, say, a good sociology student, but a good person.
He said he and his wife, Betsy, plan to spend their first few months in St. Bonaventure reaching out to the surrounding communities of Olean and Allegany, including volunteering on local councils and getting to know students, faculty and alumni – many of whom have reached out to him since hearing the news of his selection on Tuesday.
“I’ve been inundated with emails and phone calls from people I don’t even know how they got my number from, but former St. Bonaventure students wishing me luck,” he said. .
John Sheehan, chairman of the St. Bonaventure board, shared a story he says showed him and other members of the university’s search committee that “Jeff Gingerich belongs to St. Bonaventure”.
Sheehan said one of Gingerich’s references to Scranton, a Catholic Jesuit school with an urban campus, recalled “a particularly cold winter day when Jeff stood on the sidewalk and handed out 25 dozen donuts to students, to get to know them and give them a little something” by the way.