Saint Bonaventure University’s President Dies Following Battle With COVID-19

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OLEAN — Saint Bonaventure University’s President has died following a battle with COVID-19.

The school’s Provost, Dr. Joseph Zimmer, announced the passing of Dr. Dennis DePerro in a statement to the community on Monday morning.

“Words simply can’t convey the level of devastation our campus community feels right now,” Dr. Zimmer said. “We are mourning the death of President Dr. Dennis DePerro, who passed away overnight. Our hearts are broken, and we send all of our love and support to his family on their loss.”

Dr. DePerro became the school’s 21st president in June 2017.

He tested positive for the virus this past Christmas Eve, and was hospitalized days later.


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