California University's Armenti, wife express gratitude to supporters
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Saying he and his wife, Barbara, have been cut off from directly addressing the campus he once led, deposed California University of Pennsylvania president Angelo Armenti Jr. Tuesday issued a statement of gratitude via the media.
Mr. Armenti sent the three-paragraph message while continuing to seek an explanation from the State System of Higher Education about why it fired him for cause.
"It has been slightly more than one month since our 20-year tenure as president and first lady of California University of Pennsylvania ended," he wrote. "And in that brief time, we have been moved by the many expressions of support and encouragement we have received from the students, alumni, faculty, staff, community members and other friends whom we came to know and love during our time at Cal U.
"Our only regret after twenty wonderful years at the University -- and the reason for this public statement of gratitude -- is that there was neither time nor opportunity to say thank you and goodbye personally," he wrote.
He said "we will deeply miss" those on campus and in the broader community and will "continue the critically important work we committed ourselves to and celebrate the numerous achievements, large and small, that we were fortunate enough to accomplish."
"We were honored to serve," he wrote.
Mr. Armenti, 72, the longest sitting among the 14 State System university presidents, was fired May 16, a day before the system released results of a review by auditors that questioned certain campus financial practices and movement of funds. The system, though, has not linked his firing to that document nor given any explanation for his ouster.
First Published June 20, 2012 12:00 am