La Salle University President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., recently received an honorary degree from Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota. Br. Michael, who is stepping down as La Salle’s President this May after 15 years in office, was honored for his contributions to the Catholic Church, schools, and society.
“Whereas Brother Michael has without a doubt had a significant, long-lasting, and transformational impact on the future of Lasallian and Catholic education, on this continent and around the world … the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s of Minnesota bestows on Michael McGinniss, F.S.C., the degree of Doctor of Educational Leadership, honoris causa,” said Brother Robert Smith, F.S.C., Vice President of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs at Saint Mary’s.
“It’s always gratifying to be recognized by your peers,” Br. Michael said. “Being honored with four other Christian Brothers who have done so much for the mission of St. John Baptist de La Salle made the event even more special.”
Br. Michael was honored by Saint Mary’s for his service alongside three other Christian Brothers who are current or former presidents of Lasallian colleges . The other honorary degree recipients were: Brother Mel Anderson, F.S.C., former President of Saint Mary’s College of California; Brother James Gaffney, F.S.C., President of Lewis University in Illinois; and Brother Thomas Scanlan, F.S.C., past President of Manhattan College in New York.
In addition, Saint Mary’s honored its President Emeritus, Brother Louis DeThomasis, F.S.C., with the dedication of Brother Louis Hall, a classroom and office building formerly known as Park Avenue North.
Br. Michael has been President of La Salle University since 1999. He was previously President of Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn.
During his tenure at La Salle, he launched a new strategic plan for the University that resulted in the following accomplishments:
La Salle University was established in 1863 through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which St. La Salle founded in 1680. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 schools in the North Region and among the top 10 Catholic schools in the region.