Cardinal Stritch welcomes new president with festive inauguration

Last December, officials from Cardinal Stritch University announced that they had selected James P. Loftus as their eighth president, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports. David Hawke, chairman of the school's Board of Trustees, said Loftus was picked because he is "a dynamic, experienced and highly respected academic leader" who demonstrates important Franciscan values.

Recently, the school officially welcomed Loftus with an inauguration, according to Cardinal Stritch's website. On January 13, almost 600 people, including students, faculty, administration and alumni, attended the event, which featured a Mass followed by a festive celebration. The ceremony was held in the school's Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center in Bonaventure Hall.

According to the school's website, Loftus requested that his inauguration highlight the theme "Service. Faith. Excellence," which he said captures the religious values of the Christian university.

Loftus' inauguration kicked off the school's festivities to honor its 75th anniversary. For this exciting moment in the university's history, school officials said there will be various events, performances, activities and exhibits running through the end of December 2012.