Saint Mary’s University will honor Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, along with four other Christian Brothers on Feb. 13 at a special event on the Saint Mary’s University campus in Minneapolis.
Brother James and four other Christian Brothers who have served as presidents at higher education institutions throughout the nation will be recognized and presented with honorary doctorates.
Christian Brothers to be recognized include:
Together the five have served more than 125 years as leaders of Christian Brothers institutions that follow a heritage of innovative, student-centered education. The Christian Brothers religious order was founded by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers.
Now in his 26th year as President of Lewis University, Brother James has led the University during a period of significant growth with enrollment increasing to more than 6,600 students, while Lewis University has received regional and national recognition for its academic quality and mission effectiveness. During his tenure, academic offerings have expanded to include more than 80 undergraduate programs, nearly 30 master’s level graduate degrees, and doctoral programs in education and nursing. The campus has been transformed through an investment of nearly $250 million in numerous construction and renovation projects.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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