Office of the President

Laurie Hamen, J.D., Interim President, College of Saint Benedict

Laurie M. Hamen, J.D., began her appointment as Interim President of the College of Saint Benedict on July 1, 2020. She returns to the Saint Ben’s community, having served as the Dean of Students at the college from 1992 to 1996.

Hamen recently served as the ninth president at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, since February 2014. She is a higher education veteran, with more than 30 years of experience in student affairs, enrollment management, academics, athletics and grant procurement.

Prior to joining Mount Mercy University, Hamen was vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, for nearly 18 years. She played an active role in the New American Colleges and Universities Consortium, taught classes in North Central graduate programs and served on NCAA Division III and athletic conference committees.

Hamen holds a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She completed Ph.D. coursework in educational administration at the University of Minnesota and holds a master’s degree from Winona State University. She is a product of a women’s college education, having earned her undergraduate degree from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

She and her husband Bill Hamen make their home at Renner House on the College of Saint Benedict campus. The couple has three adult children – Drew Slagle (SJU ’06) and his wife Anna Burke Slagle (CSB ’07), James Slagle (SJU ’09) and his wife Ann Monson Slagle (CSB Employee 2012-14) and Madeline Slagle Nissen and her husband Tyler Nissen – and eight grandchildren.

About the College of Saint Benedict

The College of Saint Benedict has been ranked number one among national liberal arts colleges by US News and World Report for its operating efficiency, and number 41 in the nation by the New York Times for helping students achieve the American Dream. In fall 2017, CSB was invited to join the American Talent Initiative (ATI) in recognition of the college’s commitment to lower income students.

College of Saint Benedict students achieve excellent outcomes. Four-year completion rates at CSB significantly exceed averages for private and public colleges regionally and nationally. Fully 99 percent of graduates report that within a year of earning their degree, they are either employed, pursuing a graduate degree or in a full-time volunteer position. In 2019, CSB and its partner in academic excellence, Saint John’s University, were named the best colleges for employment placement in Minnesota by Zippia, a career website. CSB has been recently recognized as a top producer of Fulbright scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. Alumna Rachel Mullin ’14 was one of 32 Americans who received a 2016 Rhodes Scholarship, widely considered to be the world's most prestigious academic award.