Wednesday, April 02, 2008
After 120 years of holding near-total control over the school they founded, Benedictine monks at St. Anselm College yesterday yielded to outside pressure and took a step toward sharing power with lay trustees.
"The monastic chapter has decided to reopen the discussion and consideration of governance and to pursue a model of shared governance," said St. Anselm's president, Father Jonathan DeFelice.
The move has been discussed for more than ten years, but had recently been put on hold because of concerns it would change the nature of St. Anselm.
I do not know if St. A's will change from a change in its leadership structure. Most certainly there will be greater concern for the school's finances. But I'm more concerned about the dwindling number of examples on campus that a life in God and a life in study of science and letters can go hand in hand. They are as much the wealth of the college as any rich benefactor.
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