Viterbo holds inauguration for new university president

La Crosse’s Viterbo University is officially under new leadership.

Glena Temple was inaugurated as the 9th president in the university’s history during a ceremony Friday afternoon.

The inauguration included a liturgy at the San Damiano Chapel and a processional through campus before the installation ceremony.

Temple previously served in a number of roles at Viterbo, including Vice President of Academic Affairs. Now she’s the first female president of the university who wasn’t a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

“It is an absolute honor and to be able to carry on the legacy of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration who have been such important mentors to me, and I’m so inspired by what they’ve been able to accomplish in this community that I’m just touched by their confidence in me,” said Temple.

Temple has spent her entire career at Viterbo, starting there as a biology professor in 2001.