Benedictine President Michael Brophy to Step Down

August 9, 2018

Longtime Educator Plans to Return to Teaching

Dr. Michael S. Brophy, President of Benedictine University, has advised the Board of Trustees that he will be stepping down from his position effective August 10, 2018. Dr. Brophy will then devote a year-long sabbatical to research regarding leadership in higher education. A tenured professor at Benedictine, Dr. Brophy plans to return to teaching in 2019.

The Board expresses its appreciation for the achievements during his tenure including the growth of enrollment at its Mesa campus, the introduction of new online programs, the development of a new mission statement and strategic plan, an improvement of the University’s credit rating with Standard & Poor’s, a new facilities master plan, a hiring for mission program, the establishment of the President’s Planning Advisory Council, the founding of the Mission Student Scholarship Fund, the successful reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, and the acceptance to NCAA Division II competition.

“It’s been an honor to sustain the Benedictine mission during my tenure as president. Recent developments at the University prepare Benedictine to move to the next level as a first-choice regional Catholic University as well as a thought-leader in our sector,” said Dr. Brophy.


Daniel L. Goodwin, a long-time member of the Benedictine Board of Trustees, stated, “We are grateful not only for the service Michael Brophy has given to the University, but also for the contributions of Tara Brophy, including co-chairing the University’s 2018 Founders Gala.”


"I appreciate the steps Dr. Brophy took to strengthen the Benedictine, Catholic mission of Benedictine University. The hiring for mission policy and the strategic plan, which he initiated soon after becoming president, will serve the University well in the coming years, " shared Abbot Austin Murphy of St. Procopius Abbey, the University’s founding order.


A search committee headed by Mr. Daniel Rigby, vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, will immediately engage in the process of determining Dr. Brophy’s successor. The committee will have representatives from the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, administrators, students, the monks of St. Procopius Abbey, and alumni of the University. It is expected that the process will take six to nine months.

Mr. Charles Gregory, recent recipient of an honorary doctorate from Benedictine University, will serve as the Interim President during the search process. Mr. Gregory previously served as Executive Vice President of Benedictine University. More recently, he was the CEO of the Mesa Campus of Benedictine University.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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