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  • Staff photo by GRANT MORRIS

    Sister Paula Marie Buley smiles after having the Chain of Office placed around her neck during her inauguration ceremony Friday afternoon. After 100 days in office already, Buley officially became the president of Rivier College in Nashua.
  • Staff photo by GRANT MORRIS

    Sitting in the middle of a stage full of guests, Sister Paula Marie Buley listens to speeches made before being officially named the President of Rivier College, Friday.
  • Staff photo by GRANT MORRIS

    Sister Paula Marie Buley hugs Class of 2012 Student Government President, Lauren Hall after she gave a speech about Buley during Friday afternoon's Presidential Inauguration at Rivier College.
  • Staff photo by GRANT MORRIS

    Sister Paula Marie Buley speaks with a guest during Friday afternoon's inauguration ceremony at Rivier College. Buley became President of the college after already spending 100 days in office.
  • Staff photo by GRANT MORRIS

    Sister Paula Marie Buley addresses an audience consisting of faculty and guests at Rivier College in Nashua, Friday afternoon. Buley was officially named President of Rivier College during the ceremony.
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Inauguration held for Rivier College’s new president

NASHUA – Sister Paula Marie Buley was inaugurated as the 12th president of Rivier College on Friday.

Buley, who comes to Rivier from Anna Maria College in Massachusetts, said she’s fortunate to take the helm of an institution deeply rooted in its history but also with lofty goals for the future.

“Our history will lead us ever more boldly and confidently into the future,” Buley said during her inauguration speech at a ceremony held in the Dion Center.

The inauguration comes after Buley has spent more than 100 days in the role of the presidency, taking over the position Aug. 1. She replaced William Farrell, who retired at the end of the previous school year.

Buley has already made her mark on the college, announcing earlier this month that it would be seeking university status, a change that reflects a college that has become more focused on graduate studies.

The name change will also help with branding and attracting students from abroad, she said.

More than a dozen speakers preceded Buley at the ceremony, all representing various aspects of the college community.

Senior Lauren Hall, president of the student government association, said there was a certain level of skepticism among some students when it was announced the next president would be a sister. Some wondered whether she would be able to keep up with the students and the fast-paced college environment.

That skepticism came to an end as Buley started sending e-mails from her Droid X and iPad, Hall said.

“Now we are wondering if we will be able to keep up with her,” Hall said.

Although this is her first presidency, Buley brings more than 25 years of experience working in higher education administration to the position. She has worked in administrative positions at Catholic colleges across the country, including Seton Hall University in New Jersey, Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland and Immaculata University in Pennsylvania.

Tom Horgan, president of the New Hampshire College & University Council, welcomed Buley to the state’s higher education community. Horgan said Buley has the energy, vision and commitment “to move the institution to the next level of prominence.”

Jack Calaresco, president of Anna Maria College and under whom Buley worked in her previous position, wished Buley luck in carrying on a 700-year tradition of Catholic higher education.

He assured the college community gathered for the ceremony that Buley would carry on Rivier’s tradition of excellence.

“I can tell you without a doubt you have chosen well,” he said.

Michael Brindley can be reached at 594-6426 or