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Sister Denise Roche retiring as D'Youville president

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After 36 years as president of D'Youville College, Sister Denise Roche announced her retirement, saying it's time for her to figure out what to do with the rest of her life.

The retirement will be formal next summer when a new president is picked. She says it's a good time since the new president will benefit from a series of student recruitment efforts, new programs and, the new science building and athletic complex.

"The best thing about D'Youville is the people and that has been consistently true," Roche said.

"Even when we have grown, we have attracted faculty and staff who are good, kind, ethical human beings and it's just a wonderful community to be a part of."

A big change is the college budget now sits at $60 million, ten times the size when she first started.

When Sister Denise retires, that will cut the ranks of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart at D'Youville from two to one. She says the college board plans to keep D'Youville as a Catholic college.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.