Sr. Anderson takes helm at St. Mike's

  • January 14, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - The University of St. Michael’s College has appointed Sr. Anne Anderson, C.S.J., as its first female president. The Sister of St. Joseph of Hamilton had been interim president from July of last year until the present.

A press release issued Jan. 13 said the decision had been recommended by the college collegium at a special meeting the day before and was confirmed by Fr. Ken Decker, superior general of the Basilian Fathers, who founded the university. The new president’s five-year term will be effective retroactive to July.

Anderson had been dean of the Faculty of Theology at the university since 2001 and continued to hold that position while serving as interim president. A search committee will be struck to find a new dean, the release said.

Anderson is also a member of the general council of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton, president and chair of the board of directors for the St. Joseph’s Health System in Hamilton diocese and a former president of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario. She is also currently chair of the Pastoral Theology Department in the Toronto School of Theology and chair of the Commission on Accrediting for the Association of Theological Schools in Canada and the United States.

At the Jan. 12 meeting, the college collegium also offered thanks to Frank Morneau who retired as chair, a position he had filled since 2006, and appointed Hugh MacKinnon to replace him. MacKinnon, an alumni of St. Michael’s, is chair and chief executive officer of the leading Canadian law firm Bennett Jones LLP.

St. Michael’s College is a Catholic university federated with the University of Toronto.

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