BenU at Mesa names branch campus president

September 9, 2013

GillettHallOpenin MickMesa, Arizona ~ During an opening event celebration on August 27, Benedictine University President William J. Carroll, Ph.D., announced that its Board of Trustees has named Michael L. Carroll, Ph.D., Mesa branch campus president.

“Our Mesa branch campus needs a person clearly in charge and able to make decisions. In addition, the change is a visible symbol to the community that Benedictine University at Mesa is here to stay,” said William Carroll. “Benedictine has been warmly welcomed into the Mesa Catholic community and appreciates the support in making our entry into Mesa a success.”

Previously, Michael Carroll, former dean of Benedictine University’s Moser College for Adult and Professional Studies, was named dean of Benedictine University at Mesa in 2012. In that role, he hired new faculty, helped design the academic curriculum and worked with Mesa community leaders to coordinate experiential learning, internships and service-learning opportunities. As branch campus president, he will make decisions for the campus’s future direction, working with the Mesa community to achieve mutual goals.

“I have seen so much excitement and willingness by the local community to help in any way to make sure that we are successful,” Michael Carroll said. “I look forward to building the academic reputation and value of Benedictine University at Mesa to both the student population and the surrounding community.”

Benedictine University at Mesa provides a private, values-based education grounded in history, heritage and Catholic tradition. Its inaugural academic term began September 3 at Gillett Hall, located at 225 E. Main in downtown Mesa.

The University is now accepting applications for spring enrollment.

For more information about Benedictine University at Mesa, please visit the Gregory Enrollment Center at 51 E. Main St., Suite 105, in downtown Mesa or, or contact us at (602) 888-5500 or                                          


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 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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