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History & Mission

Saint Anselm College was founded in 1889, when the Order of Saint Benedict in New Hampshire was established. Our founding fathers, The Right Reverend Denis M. Bradley, (Bishop of Manchester), and Abbot Hilary Pfraengle, O.S.B. (Abbot of St. Mary's Abbey in Newark, N.J.) worked tirelessly together in pursuit of their common goal: To create a college in New Hampshire that would educate students in the Benedictine tradition.

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Leadership & Initiatives

“The future is bright, but not without challenges. We must recognize our place among some of the best liberal arts colleges in the country and see our potential to be greater than ever before. We must come together as one community, with a common vision. We must be creative in building new paradigms for learning that are appropriate in today’s environment.”
~ Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D. Presidential Installation, October 18, 2013.

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Administrative Offices & Services

Learn more about our Anselmian academic, spiritual and administrative leadership and our vision for sustaining and extending the impact of an Anselmian education.

"My friends and colleagues, inclusiveness is a way of being in the world, a state of heart and mind that knows that when we step into the unfamiliar, when we open ourselves to that what is new or different, we become more than we might have been."

- Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B