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NEW ORLEANS Our Lady of Holy Cross College begins a new school year with a new president, Dr. David 'Buck' Landry, whose appointment was announced by officials on the Algiers campus on Wednesday.

Landry will replace Ronald Ambrosetti, who has resigned after serving as president since 2012. Landry's appointment was announced by the college's Board of Regents and the Our Lady of Holy Cross College Corporation, which owns the college.

In a statement, board chair Kyle France touted Landry's business experience in finance and operations, as well as his previous service as a member of the college's board.

For the past six years, He has served as managing director of the financial planning firm Raymond James. There, he supervised all municipal, finance-related business in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida, as well as all housing finance business for the company.

According to the Our Lady of HolyCross statement, his client base included all the colleges and universities in those states and all parish, municipal governments and school boards.

During Our Lady of HolyCross' spring semester, departing college president Ronald Ambrosetti endured a controversy over changes to the school's successful Department of Nursing and Allied Health. That included the departure, and eventual return, of the popular head of the department, Dr. Patricia Prechter, who had also served as provost. Students and supporters launched a petition drive calling for her return which garnered more than 1,000 signatures. Faculty members also issued a vote of no confidence in Ambrosetti as a result of the decision to remove Prechter, who later returned to her post.

As for Landry, his academic experience includes time at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in Hattiesburg, Miss. and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. At USM he began an American Studies Program and was the Assistant to the Dean of Liberal Arts. At Nicholls, Landry was head of the Department of Government where he started the Criminal Justice Program and Legal Assistant Studies Program.

Landry received his Ph.D. with a concentration in International Affairs from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., his Master's from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University. Landry also served three years in the U.S. Army, resigning at the rank of Captain. For his service, Landry received the Bronze Star.

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