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Saint Anselm College's New President Takes Office on July 15

July 11, 2013

Laura Lemire
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7242

On July 15, a brief ceremony will mark the historic transition of Saint Anselm College's leadership from Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., to Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., who will become the college's 10th president.

The two leaders will attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the Abbey Church before heading to Alumni Hall where Father Jonathan will hand Dr. DiSalvo the keys to the Office of the President.

Dr. DiSalvo is the first layperson to be named president in the college's 125-year history. He succeeds Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., who will retire this summer after 24 years as president.

We are thrilled that Dr. DiSalvo has agreed to serve as the next president of Saint Anselm College," said Charles W. Pollard, chair of the Saint Anselm Board of Trustees and Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., chancellor of the college.

"He brings the vision and experience that will serve the college well in this exciting andchallenging time in higher education. He also has a demonstrated commitment to Catholic, liberal arts education and the Catholic faith, which is at the heart of our mission at Saint Anselm."

Dr. DiSalvo previously served as president of Marian University in Fon du Lac, Wisconsin, and as president and founder of The Hopewell Group, Inc. He was also Executive Director of the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation. He has worked for three Jesuit universities, Fordham, Loyola Chicago and Fairfield, where he raised money and worked in the office of the president.

Dr. DiSalvo earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership at Fordham University where he also earned an M.B.A. in marketing and B.S. in psychology.

The college celebrated Father Jonathan's 24 years of leadership throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. Father Jonathan is a member of the Benedictine community that founded and governs the college and a graduate of the college's Class of 1969. Later this summer, he plans to go on sabbatical with time spent in N.Y. and Rome, Italy.

The college will celebrate Dr. DiSalvo's arrival with a series of events in October including an Inauguration Ceremony on Friday, October 18.