Three Finalists Named for Next SJU President

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March 31, 2009


Report to SJU & CSB Communities
March 26, 2009

On March 16 and 17 the Presidential Selection Committee met with the applicants for the position of SJU President.  It was a pleasure to interview these candidates.  It was clear that they have a deep commitment to the well being of Saint John's University, as well as the College of Saint Benedict and the whole of Saint John's.

The Committee determined that three candidates should advance to the second stage of the process: Fr. Timothy Backous, OSB, Headmaster of Saint John's Preparatory School; Br. Dennis Beach, OSB, Associate Professor of Philosophy; and Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB, Professor of Music and Fine Arts Division Head. 

The next stage of the selection process will include interviews and public forums with the Board of Regents, Saint John's Cabinet, faculty, staff, students and alumni.  Members of the campus community will be invited to provide written feedback to the Selection Committee about each of the candidates.  The Saint John's President's Office is working on scheduling these dates and there should be public announcements about them very soon. 

We are very pleased that we continue to be on track to make a recommendation that the Board of Regents could act on at their meeting on May 18, 2009.  Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.
Jim Frey, Chair and Ann Huntrods, Vice-Chair
Saint John's University Board of Regents

Presidential Selection Committee 2009
Ann Huntrods, Committee Chair & SJU Board Vice-Chair
Kathy Cooney, Chair, CSB Board of Trustees
Rob Culligan, SJU VP of Institutional Advancement
Patti Epsky, SJU Executive Assistant to the President
Jennifer Galovich, SJU Faculty Member & Former Faculty Regent
Katie Johnson, SJU Faculty Regent
Tom Joyce, Former SJU Chair & Regent Emeritus
Phil Kronebusch, SJU Faculty & Former Faculty Regent
Jon McGee, CSB/SJU VP of Enrollment, Planning & Public Affairs
Joe Mucha, Former SJU Regent
Ken Roering, SJU Regent
Tom Schnettler, SJU Regent
Hilary Thimmesh, OSB, President Emeritus & SJU Regent
Nick Truso, SJU Student Regent
Jim Frey, Chair, SJU Board of Regents (ex officio)
Abbot John Klassen, OSB, SJU Chancellor (ex officio)