LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Bellarmine University’s fourth president, Dr. Susan M. Donovan, was formally inaugurated on Oct. 27. She is the first woman to hold the position.

Dr. Donovan will fill the opening left by Joseph McGowen who passed away last year. McGowen was the university's longest-serving president. He was there for 26 years.

During the ceremony, Dr. Donovan spoke of the importance of the university and the impact on its students.

Dr. Donovan previously worked at Loyola University in Maryland as their executive vice president.