Brother William Mann, FSC, speaks with a St. Mary's student

Brother William Mann, FSC, concludes a decade of service as President of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Congratulations to Brother William Mann who concludes a decade of service as President of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota at the end of this month!

A series of events have recently occurred on campus expressing gratitude for his leadership and service. He has enhanced the student experience at St. Mary’s through construction and renovation projects, a 75% growth in the school’s endowment, and the emphasis on the role of our Lasallian charism. In particular, it was significant that eight students from financially challenged families who participated in the initial Countdown to College and First Generation Initiative programs that Brother William envisioned received their bachelor’s degrees as he was leaving the President’s office.



Blessings, Brother, and thank you for your years of service and influence, not only at St. Mary’s, Minnesota, but also on the District of Eastern North America, and the Brothers’ Institute.

Rev. James P. Burns to Succeed Br. William Mann as President of St. Mary’s University

The Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D., has been named the 14th president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Mary Ann Remick, chair of the university’s board of trustees, announced the board’s selection on Tuesday, May 1, adding that Father Burns will officially begin his presidency Monday, July 9.

“I know my successor will come with gifts and talents and dreams and that’s going to be wonderful,” Brother William said. “But when those gifts and talents and dreams interact with the gifts and talents and dreams of this institution and of its people, my experience is something special happens and that would be my hope for my successor.” MORE >