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Trustees Meet to Discuss Finalists in Presidential Search

April 28, 2013

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The Saint Anselm College Board of Trustees met Saturday, April 27, to discuss the merits of the two distinguished finalists for president of the college.

Following the process established for the presidential search, the trustees, and Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., discussed the qualifications of the candidates, input from references, as well as the feedback from the Saint Anselm community members who met with the finalists during campus sessions held earlier this month. Abbot Mark then presented to the board the name of his nominee for president and the trustees voted to ratify that selection by an overwhelming majority. The name of the selection for president will be released as soon as he accepts the offer and a basic agreement has been established. "We expect to move with deliberation so that an announcement can be made at the earliest possibility," said Abbot Mark, chancellor of the college, and Charles Pollard, chair of the board of trustees.

The naming of a new president for Saint Anselm College will end a nine-month search to succeed Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., who announced in September 2012 that he would retire after 24 years as president, sometime following the close of the academic year.

"We were greatly impressed with both of the candidates advanced by the Search Committee," Abbot Mark and Chuck Pollard said. "It became clear during the meeting, however, that there was a consensus about which candidate had the experience and qualifications that best suit Saint Anselm College at this time."


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