COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – The College of St. Benedict has named Mary Hinton as the 15th president of the college Wednesday morning, concluding a lengthy presidential search process seeking a replacement for 10-year president MaryAnn Baenninger—who announced her intention to step down in Oct. 2013.
Hinton currently works as vice president for academic affairs at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. She will take office on June 15.
Hinton will also be the first person of color to be president of CSB or SJU.
According to a release distributed Wednesday, Hinton’s appointment out of three finalized candidates was unanimous.
“The CSB Board of Trustees was impressed by Dr. Hinton’s breadth and depth of experience as a scholar and senior-level administrator in higher education,” chair of the CSB Board of Trustees and co-chair of the CSB Presidential Search Committee Lynn Newman said in the release.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to lead an institution with such a powerful liberal arts tradition that is grounded in the Benedictine values of the founding order,” Hinton said in the release. A complete interview with Hinton will be published in Friday’s print edition.
Hinton received her doctorate in religion and religious education from Fordham University, a master’s degree from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and her undergraduate degree at Williams College.
Hinton and her family plan to move to Minnesota in June to make their home at the Renner House, the presidential residence at CSB. Baenninger was announced Feb. 24 as the first full-term female president of Drew University in Madison, N.J effective June 30.
The Record will publish an interview with Hinton in Friday’s print edition, as well as more coverage on the community’s reaction to the nomination.