Benedictine 2020 - Update 2016-2017 | Benedictine College

2016-2017 Update - Benedictine 2020

Benedictine 2020: A Vision for Greatness, Benedictine College’s bold, innovative plan to build one of America’s Great Catholic Colleges.

Benedictine 2020 is achieving its vision to:

  • Educate America’s future leaders
  • Build for Greatness
  • Develop a World-Class Faculty

As part of the Benedictine 2020 plan, the college began a yearlong celebration of a Century of Science in August of 2016. St. Benedict’s College, now Benedictine, offered its first science degrees in 1916. It is now looking to the next century of science with the renovation and expansion of Westerman Hall, the science and engineering building. [Click here for the Century of Science main page.]

From the beginning, the college aimed for the highest possible standards in the sciences, sending monks to the best universities to offer students the best opportunities. Fifty years later, in the mid-1960s, a new state-of-the-art Science Hall put the sciences front and center on campus again. One of the first Biology graduates who took classes in the new building was Wangari Maathai, ’64, who would go on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.