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Brother Michael J. McGinniss
FSC, Ph.D.
La Salle University's
28th President

Biography of Br. Michael


A Message from Br. Michael

It's truly an exciting time to be at La Salle. Take, for example, our continuing development of new academic initiatives to prepare students for leadership in the 21st century. New programs such as Integrated Science, Business and Technology (ISBT), Digital Arts and Multimedia Design (DART),and our e-Commerce Institute, as well as new majors in Information Technology and in Nutrition, are all in keeping with the Christian Brothers' tradition of educating students in the disciplines needed for workplace success while also providing a strong liberal arts foundation. In addition, we have successfully introduced a new core curriculum across the University, fostering an interdisciplinary approach to learning and problem solving.

The success of all these developments is clearly reflected in the number of students who want to come to La Salle for their education. In each of the last five years, we have set new records for applications. Our enrollment continues to increase as well and the University now has more graduate students, more women and more resident students enrolled than ever before.

As for new facilities, not long ago, we dedicated the state-of-the-art Independence Blue Cross Fitness Center on campus. Looking ahead, we have recently completed a Master Facilities long-range plan for our campus that gives La Salle a clear road map for development over the next decade.

So, the positive momentum continues to build in many ways here at La Salle.

In the midst of all these favorable trends and exciting innovations, La Salle's continuing development as a premier educational institution remains firmly rooted in the 300-year-old tradition of the Christian Brothers and the Brothers' founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. The university takes pride in its identity as a Catholic institution where education continues to be values-based. We remain committed to excellent teaching that prepares students for the changing economic, social, moral and religious challenges of our society.

As part of a La Salle education, we also continue to foster student involvement in community service.

To sustain the University's spirit of accomplishment, and to achieve even higher levels of excellence in all areas of our values-based education, La Salle especially welcomes the active involvement of our graduates. As I visit with alums around the country, I make one message very clear: "Come back to La Salle. You cannot catch the excitement at a distance." So I wholeheartedly invite our alums to return for a visit. Meet with the students. Enjoy a class reunion event or reconnect with faculty. Your involvement adds immeasurable value to the La Salle community as it progresses into the new century. I hope to see you on campus soon.

Br. Michael J. McGinniss, FSC

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