June 11, 2013
Communications and Marketing
The Saint Anselm College Multicultural Center will be named for retiring president Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., and supported by a permanent fund in his name.
The plans were announced by the Saint Anselm College board of trustees during a dinner held June 6 in Father Jonathan's honor.
The trustee-hosted event celebrated Father Jonathan's achievements as a leader, educator, and visionary during his 24 years as president of Saint Anselm, and highlighted his deep commitment to educating students in a global world.
Early in his tenure, it became clear to Father Jonathan that diversity awareness, inclusiveness, and cultural exchange were absolutely necessary not only for Saint Anselm College to stay true to its Catholic, Benedictine roots but also for students to be prepared for the diverse world of the 21st century.
"Father Jonathan had the vision to realize that in order to be successful, in a world with a changing college-aged demographic and a more globalized society, a true Anselmian education needed to include cultural exchange and diversity awareness. And from there, the seeds of the college's multicultural center were planted," said Chair of the board of trustees, Chuck Pollard, Esq. '79, at the dinner.
The endowed fund in Father Jonathan's name will sustain the multicultural center, and is expected to reach $250,000 dollars through the generosity of alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and members of the board of trustees. Support the center, and give to the fund now.
In paying tribute to 24 years of leadership, Pollard thanked Father Jonathan; reminding him of the great service the retiring president has done in advancing Saint Anselm College.
"Your legacy will live on each and every day for generations to come, and in the minds and hearts of thousands of alumni of this great institution."
One hundred and seventy guests attended Father Jonathan's dinner including former and current trustees, special guests of Father Jonathan's, alumni, faculty, staff, and students.
Father Jonathan will retire in July 2013.
- Learn more about the Multicultural Center
- Give to the fund in Father Jonathan's name in support of the Multicultural Center
- Visit the Inclusiveness Initiative website
- Read about Father Jonathan's 24 years of leadership
- Read the announcement of Father Jonathan's retirement