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D'Youville president's first 100 days: No controversy and no home

Lorrie A. Clemo took over as 15th president of D'Youville College around the same time President Trump took his oath for the Oval Office.

Clemo's first 100 days in office haven't prompted anywhere near the attention and scrutiny Trump and his administration have received. But Clemo, who is looking to beef up the college's marketing efforts, saw an opportunity in the first 100 days motif. So the college created a glossy brochure entitled, "What I've Learned: First 100 days at D'Youville," as a way to help introduce Clemo to more people around Western New York. The 16-page report documents by date what Clemo's been doing the past few months, including where she's been and who she's met.

Clemo was provost and vice president of the State University of New York at Oswego when the D'Youville Board of Trustees picked her last December to succeed Sister Denise Roche as the first lay president of the Catholic college.

Clemo said she frequently draws a chuckle from people when she begins talking about her first 100 days in office because the term is so commonly associated with Trump, who's experienced a rocky White House tenure so far.

"It is kind of funny that we both started around the same time, and so these markers keep coming up," she said. "But I can assure you my first 100 days have been very smooth. I've stayed out of the news and it's been nothing more than really enjoyable getting to meet people in the community."

One goal Clemo didn't accomplish in her first 100 days was buying a home.

"I'm still searching," she said. "My aspirations were to live in the city because I really want to be close to the campus, but I'm beginning to look out a little farther now because I simply can't find anything. My aim was to try to move this summer. The housing is really tight right now and there's not a lot on the market for me to look at."

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