Lisle, Illinois ~ The Benedictine University Board of Trustees recently approved the re-appointment of Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., as president of Benedictine University through 2022, citing the impact he has made on the University since his appointment in 2015.
“Michael has provided outstanding leadership during the first two years of his presidency,” said James Melsa, Ph.D., chair of the Board of Trustees.
Brophy has since implemented the BenU2020 strategic plan. Approved by the Board in 2016, BenU2020 defines the most pressing goals the University seeks to accomplish through 2020, and focuses on improving recruitment and retention as well as strengthening the University’s financial position. The plan provides a roadmap to raise Benedictine’s academic profile by integrating high-impact learning techniques and a learner-focused approach in all programs.
Most importantly, the University reaffirmed its Benedictine and Catholic mission and identity through far-reaching input from all stakeholder groups. New branding inspired by the University’s mission launched, featuring a new master brand logo.
“I look forward to working with Dr. Brophy in the coming years, to continue Benedictine University’s mission as a Catholic university in the Benedictine tradition,” said Abbot Austin Murphy, O.S.B., Ph.D., chancellor of Benedictine University.
Benedictine is making significant progress toward meeting BenU2020 goals. The 2017-18 academic year opened with 23 new faculty members who will continue to improve faculty interactions with learners to support retention, academic success, recruitment and growth. Several new academic programs began in 2017 and are planned for 2018 to support enrollment growth.
The University’s athletic programs have also achieved much success during Brophy’s presidency. The women’s softball team and men’s basketball team made consecutive NCAA appearances in 2016 and 2017, with the men most notably reaching the Division III championship game for the first time in school history in 2016. In 2017, the Benedictine men’s track and field team gained national recognition, claiming 10th place at the NCAA Indoor Championship and a 4th place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championship with national championships in the triple jump and 4x100m relay.
Significant facilities improvements under Brophy’s leadership include a new residence hall for the Arizona campus, and upgrades to the Krasa Student Center, Campus Quad and residence halls on the Lisle campus. Also, Benedictine dedicated its first named college in school history – the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business.
Finally, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) affirmed Benedictine’s accreditation through 2026-2027 after an intense Comprehensive Quality Review and visits to the University’s programs in Illinois, Arizona and Asia.
As a result of these advancements, S&P Global Ratings upgraded its outlook to “stable” for Benedictine University. The stable outlook reflects the S&P’s expectation of enrollment growth and positive operations going forward.
“It’s been my honor to serve Benedictine during this formative time in the University’s history. We are truly fulfilling the Benedictine hallmarks in all we do,” shared Brophy.
Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 6,000 students in 59 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the seventh consecutive year in 2017. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ben.edu.