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May 31, 2023

La Roche University Honors Late President by Naming - Center for Lifelong Learning in Her Honor

PITTSBURGH, May 31, 2023 – La Roche University announced today its Center for Lifelong Learning will be named after its late president, Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D.  

Acting President and Provost Howard J. Ishiyama, Ph.D., made the announcement at a memorial Mass honoring the legacy of President Introcaso, who had served as the University’s president since 2004. She entered into eternal life on May 22, 2023, at age 69. 

“The idea of the Center, envisioned by President Introcaso years ago, was to create an intergenerational community on campus. It’s now a reality, with more than 350 lifelong learners and 200 youth on campus. This was Sister Candace’s dream, and it is now her legacy,” Dr. Ishiyama said. “In that spirit, today, I name the Center the Sister Candace Introcaso Center for Lifelong Learning at La Roche University.”  

The Center, which officially launched in January 2022, is designed to help learners of all ages discover the joy of learning and connect with an intellectual and social community of members and friends. The Center offers a variety of engaging and interactive classes, workshops and community programs for adults 50 and better, youth and professionals at various stages in their careers and lives.  

“Statistics project that 25 percent of Western Pennsylvanians will be 65 or older by 2030, and many of these people still want to be very involved and engaged in understanding society, life and God’s creation,” Dr. Ishiyama said. “These individuals want to be part of an academic community, and by leveraging what we already have, including our classes, fitness center and campus, we hope to eventually comingle all of these different communities into a single, intergenerational community.” 

The Center will be rebranded this summer as the Sister Candace Introcaso Center for Lifelong Learning and launch officially at the start of the fall session.  

For more information, please visit or contact Executive Director Jennifer Engel at or 412-536-1026.  


About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, and health and medical sciences as well as interior architecture & design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,200 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.