Kremmeter Endowed Professorship Announced at Benedictine College

Dr. Krusemark Named to Endowed Position

  • Monday, February 25, 2013

Benedictine College announced that Dr. Ruth Krusemark, chair of the Music Department, would be the recipient of the inaugural Mother Evangelista Kremmeter Professorship of Benedictine Traditions and Values.  The new endowed professorship was announced at the college’s Scholarship Ball and is named for Mother Evangelista Kremmeter, the first prioress at Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in Atchison, Kan.  The announcement was timed to honor the Benedictine Sisters during their sesquicentennial celebration.

“Ruth is a leader in the field of music and has selflessly enhanced the musical experience for our students for over 30 years,” said Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis.  “She has had our students perform for the Pope and put on countless excellent programs.  She epitomizes what the Mother Evangelista Kremmeter Professorship is meant to represent.”

Dr. Krusemark will hold the professorship until she retires from full-time teaching.  The position comes with a stipend and a special fund to allow for campus programming like speakers and performers. According to Minnis, the professorship is funded by the College dedicating unrestricted endowment dollars for this purpose, but donor contributions to the fund are welcome.
“I am very honored to receive this,” she said.  “When they first announced the endowment, I thought it was a great thing, but when they called my name, I was completely caught by surprise.  I just thought, ’I’m not worthy!’”

Dr. Krusemark received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Benedictine College in 1973, a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas in 1976, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Organ from the University of Kansas in 1998. She directs the Concert Chorale and the Chamber Singers and teaches piano, organ and music theory at Benedictine College.  She has performed as organist, pianist, accompanist, singer and choir director at more than three thousand venues during her career.  She directed the Benedictine College Chamber Singers in four performances at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome for Pope John Paul II and once for Pope Benedict XVI.  She has several original compositions published by Oregon Catholic Press and is the composer for the college's Alma Mater.   She is also active in the community as the director of the Riverbend Concert Choir of Atchison, Kan., and has spent over 40 years as the organist and choir director of the First Christian Church.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.