Fr. Mathias Doyle, OFM 

17th President

1975-1990

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    Born November 18, 1933, a native of Malone, NY, Fr. Mathias grew up and was educated in Troy, NY. After graduation from Troy Catholic Central High, he entered the Franciscan Order on July 14, 1956.  He was ordained a priest in Washington, D. C., on March 17 1962.  He was then assigned to St. Anthony Shrine , Boston, Mass., for a year and was transferred in 1964 to the faculty of St. Francis College, Rye Beach., New Hampshire. Besides his undergraduate degree from Siena, Fr. Doyle holds a Masters degree from the Catholic University of America and a Ph. D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.  From 1965 to 1974 he was at Siena College as an assistant Director of Franciscan Students and then as guardian. In 1974, he was named to St. Bonaventure's Board of Trustees.  He was formally elected president by the Board of Trustees annual meeting on October 10, 1975.  

    As president Fr. Mathias saw many advances in the university and his fifteen year term in office is only shorter than that of Fr. Thomas Plassmann who served twenty-nine years. Fr. Mathias' administration witnessed the construction of the Mecom Center (now Murphy Hall), the Garden apartments and an addition to Plassmann Hall among other buildings.  In 1990 Fr. Mathias decided to leave as president citing a desire to return to teaching and also saying, "I think now the institution is at a point where some long term decisions need to be made and it was unfair that I would not be able to see them through."

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Biographical Information:

NAME: DOYLE, MATHIAS (FR) (OFM)

DATE OF BIRTH 1933-11-18

PLACE OF BIRTH: MALONE, N.Y.

RECEPTION INTO ORDER: 1956-07-14

ORDINATION DATE: 1962-03-17

WHERE ORDAINED: WASHINGTON, D.C.

SERVED AT SBU:1975-1990

SERVED AS PRES.:1975-1990

SERVED ELSEWHERE: SIENA COLLEGE 1968-1975

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: B.A. IN HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE IN 1955\ MA IN POLITICS FROM CATHOLIC UNIV.\ PHD. POLITICAL SCIENCE IN 1968 FROM UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME\ YOUNGEST FRIAR EVER ELECTED TO PRESIDENT\ ST. BONAVENTURE'S SEVENTEENTH PRESIDENT

BUILDINGS NAMED AFTER: MATHIAS DOYLE HALL

BUILDINGS CONSTRUCTED WHILE PRES: MECOM ACADEMIC CENTER, GARDEN APARTMENTS, CHARLIE MAJOR MEMORIAL TRACK, ADDITION TO PLASSMANN HALL, OBSERVATORY, FITNESS CENTER

LOCATION OF PHOTOS: ARCHIVES, FOUNDERS ROOM

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Last updated:  03/02/06

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