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La Salle News

May 21, 2013

La Salle PresidentMichael J. McGinniss, F.S.C.,Announces Plans To Step Down

PHILADELPHIA, May 21, 2013 – La Salle University President Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D. today announced his plans to step down as University President after serving in that role for 15 years. McGinniss, a Christian Brother, has agreed to remain on as President until the end of his current term which ends May 31, 2014. A Presidential search committee is in the process of being formed and their work will commence early this summer.

Prior to his tenure at La Salle, McGinniss served for five years as President of Christian Brothers University located in Memphis, TN.

“Brother Michael has accomplished great things during his tenure as President of La Salle,” says La Salle Board Chairman Bill Sautter. “His strong and strategic leadership has left the University well-positioned for future growth and success. We are grateful for his hard work and unselfish commitment.”

“It has been an honor to serve as President of La Salle University and I am proud of the initiatives completed during my tenure which have benefitted our students, faculty, alumni and surrounding community,” says McGinniss. After 15 years and three terms as La Salle’s president, and after much discernment, it seems like this is the right time for me to transition this work to a new President.”

McGinniss leaves a strong legacy which includes critical initiatives that have had a profound effect on the University. Under his stewardship he launched a new strategic plan for the University that resulted in the following accomplishments:

  • Raised $133 million for various facilities, programs and other initiatives.
  • Increased the University’s endowment by 88 percent from $42 to $79.4 million.
  • Increased undergraduate enrollment by 13 percent, and graduate / doctorate enrollment by 24 percent.
  • Significantly increased alumni involvement in the life of the University.
  • Constructed $26 million St. Basil’s residence hall and adjacent Treetops Café overlooking Fairmount Park.
  • Expanded the physical footprint of the University with the acquisition of the former Germantown Hospital, taking the campus from 100 to 130 acres, creating a West Campus and a new, expanded space for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • Supported the economic viability of the surrounding community with the development of the Shoppes at La Salle which include the first supermarket in the neighborhood in 40 years.
  • Expanded and completely renovated Holroyd Hall, featuring the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology.
  • Received unique recognition for civic engagement both academically and through extracurricular activities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • Finalized planning for the development of La Salle’s new business school.
  • Completed expansion of Bucks County Center in Newtown.
  • Opened Montgomery County Center in Plymouth Meeting.
  • Enhanced academic programs that include the launch of:
    • Integrated Science, Business and Technology Department
    • Business Scholars Co-op program
    • Four-year BS / MBA program in Accounting
    • College of Professional and Continuing Studies
    • Expansion of the School of Nursing to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences to include Nursing, Nutrition, Speech-Language-Hearing Science and Public Health.
    • Doctoral programs in Theology and Nursing Practice

McGinniss states that the University’s mission remains strong, dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, personal attention, a sense of community and a global perspective.

McGinniss serves on the Boards of Manhattan College, American University of Rome, La Salle College High School, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Urban Affairs Coalition of Philadelphia. McGinniss is a former President of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania and former North American Regional Director of the International Association of Lasallian Universities. In addition, he is a member of the District Council for the Christian Brothers District of Eastern North America. His professional memberships include the Catholic Theological Society of America, the American Academy of Religion, the College Theology Society, the Lasallian Association of College and University Presidents and the International Association of Lasallian Universities.

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.