Associate provost for academic affairs receives Benedictine Life Award

Associate provost for academic affairs receives Benedictine Life Award
March 23, 2007

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David Sonnenberger, associate provost for academic affairs at Benedictine University, was honored as the recipient of the Benedictine Life Award during ceremonies held recently at Benedictine University. The Benedictine Life Award is presented to the employee who has fostered the spirit of community among students, faculty and staff; demonstrated the Benedictine qualities of life by helping create a warm and hospitable atmosphere; and who has demonstrated the balanced spirit of prayer, work and creative leisure in his or her own life. “Benedictine University has been a big part of David’s life,” said Benedictine University President William J. Carroll. “He is very passionate about the University, cares deeply for its values, and has exemplified the living of those values.” Sonnenberger graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics/Chemistry. He earned a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from State University of New York-Buffalo in 1982 and joined the Benedictine University faculty as an assistant professor in Chemistry/Biochemistry in September 1985. Sonnenberger and his wife, Carol Fendick, live in Downers Grove and have three children – Andrew, Jessica and Michelle.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.