President of La Roche University, Sister Candace Introcaso, dies unexpectedly

MCCANDLESS, Pa. — Sister Candace Introcaso, president of La Roche University, died unexpectedly on Monday.

Introcaso was named president of the university on July 1, 2004.

She is remembered for having a firm commitment to diversity and has been recognized with numerous honors.

Introcaso received the Passavant Foundation Legacy of Caring Award in 2018 and won the Pittsburgh Magazine and S&T Bank Woman and Business award in 2016. She received the Pittsburgh Business Times Business Woman First Award in 2014, as well as the newspaper’s Diamond Award, which is presented to the top business leaders in the area.

The university issued the following statement after her death:

“The La Roche University community is heartbroken. We have lost our leader, our mentor and our friend. We are remembering Sister Candace for her caring nature, her efficient and direct leadership and her love of life. She was an academic scholar who took pride in seeing students succeed. She loved the La Roche community and the Sisters and Associates of the Congregation of Divine Providence. In her personal life she was happiest cheering for the Pittsburgh Pirates and caring for her two dogs, Jack and PJ. Her spirit will live on at the University.”

According to a news release from the university, funeral arrangements are pending.

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