After a 20-year run Anthony Cernera has left Sacred Heart University. He presided over explosive growth, sometimes at the expense of the city with rowdy students impacting quality of life in the North End. SHU proper is located in Fairfield, but dorms are located in Bridgeport. Cernera, despite his accomplishments, never cared to connect with the city that provided his residential window for expansion. From the CT Post:
Sacred Heart University President Anthony J. Cernera told the Board of Trustees Thursday he was resigning, effective immediately, to pursue work as a professor and assume leadership roles in national and international Catholic educational organizations.
The board has appointed John J. Petillo, dean of the John F. Welch College of Business, as interim president effective immediately.
Cernera, 60, had been president of the university for 22 years. When he started in 1988, Sacred Heart was a small commuter college that was losing students and losing money. It now has more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, making it the second largest Catholic university in New England. A good percentage of students live on campus.