Acknowledging an Unsung Hero
There is a man who has done heroic unsung work for Catholicism in our country, and soon will be riding off into the proverbial sunset with insufficient fanfare (as I know he prefers). Nonetheless, I consider it just and fitting to give a little extra nod to this man. I speak of Dr. Keith Cassidy, President (and former Academic Dean) of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College (OLSW).
However, with the illness of then President Dr. David Warner, Cassidy was soon thrust into the role of Academic Dean and President.
It is not appropriate to confer details, but as an employee of OLSW at that time, I declare that Dr. Cassidy saved the College. As with many Liberal Arts institutions following the recession of the 2000s, OLSW found itself in grave financial difficulty. It was to the point that following one staff meeting, I was sure it was the end. So were others in the know. It was a surreal and eerie feeling walking home late one night and thinking, “This is it? Just like that?” I fully intended to pack my bags that weekend.