Benedictine College Announces New President

  • Monday, September 13, 2004

ATCHISON, Kan. – Stephen D. Minnis will lead Benedictine College.


The college’s Board of Directors announced its unanimous decision to hire Minnis as the college’s new president on Thursday.


"We felt that Steve brings a unique combination of personal qualities and characteristics that make him ideally suited to be the next president," said Larry Kaminsky, board member and chairman of the presidential search committee.


"His poise, humor, intelligence, ease, passion and intense love of our college, together with a vision for campus leadership and commitment to bringing the BC story to the wider public, indicate to us that he is an outstanding match for this moment in the college’s history."


A St. Joseph, Mo., native, Minnis graduated from Benedictine College in 1982.


He has given back to his alma mater ever since by volunteering as the Alumni Association’s longest-running president and serving on the college’s Board of Directors and search committee for the last president and by actively recruiting students.


"I feel I have been called to do this job and am honored to be the steward of this fine institution," Minnis said.


"I have one overarching desire – that Benedictine College will continue to educate young people and touch their lives as it has mine. I believe in the college and understand the impact it can have on a young person."


Minnis, who co-chaired the college’s successful 2004 Scholarship Ball, has delivered speeches to Benedictine’s incoming freshmen, graduating seniors and audiences at the president’s inauguration and alumni events. He was honored with the college’s Kansas Monk Award for outstanding alumni in 2001.


“What I’ve found is that no matter when one graduates, the same warm feelings for Benedictine, its educators and fellow students exists,” Minnis said.


“My interactions with alumni always solidify my belief that Benedictine College is a truly special place.”


Minnis, who has served as Sprint Corporation’s director, state regulatory and general attorney since 1990, earned a master’s in business administration from Baker University and obtained a juris doctorate degree from Washburn University.


His wife Amy (Kohake) Minnis graduated from Benedictine in 1984 and currently teaches at Holy Spirit School in Overland Park, Kan. The couple has three children, Matthew, 15, Michael, 13, and Molly, 10.


Minnis will begin his presidential duties Oct. 1. Minnis replaces Dr. Daniel Carey, who resigned after nine years in June.

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