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Viterbo president Trietley is inaugurated after a year on the job



Viterbo University of La Crosse officially welcomes a new president, even though that leader has headed the college for over a year now. 

Dr. Rick Trietley was inaugurated as Viterbo’s 10th president on Friday at the campus Fine Arts Center.

“I am in awe as I stand before you in this auditorium, an auditorium with so much history,” Trietley told the audience in Viterbo’s main theater. “As I look out and see all of you, it’s truly an inspiring sight, and I wish that you could stand here with me and see this sight.”

Trietley became the interim leader of the school last year, when former president Glena Temple left La Crosse to become president of a Catholic college near Chicago. Temple was one of many honored guests who attended the inauguration.

“I am living proof of the power of Catholic higher education to change the trajectory of one’s life,” Trietley said, noting that no one had gone to college from his family before he attended St. Bonaventure University in New York State. Trietley got into the school on an ROTC scholarship.

The inauguration is the high point of four days of celebration at Viterbo, which includes Saturday as a day of service for people at the university.

A Viterbo choir performs Friday during the Trietley inauguration ceremony

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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