Mary Hinton was named the 15th president of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. The women’s college enrolls about 2,000 undergraduate students. According to the latest U.S. Department of Education data, African Americans make up only 2 percent of the student body at the college.
Dr. Hinton currently serves as vice president for academic affairs at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. Earlier in her career, she was associate vice president for academic affairs and chief planning and diversity officer at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. She will become president of the College of Saint Benedict on June 15.
Dr. Hinton stated, “I am humbled by the opportunity to lead an institution with such a powerful liberal arts tradition that is grounded in the Benedictine values of the founding order. CSB was built by strong and courageous women who knew the value of educating women and who celebrated and engaged both their intellectual and spiritual lives.”
Dr. Hinton is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She earned a master’s degree in child psychology from the University of Kansas and a doctorate in religion and religious education from Fordham University in New York. Dr. Hinton is the author of The Commercial Church: Black Churches and the New Religious Marketplace in America (Lexington Books, 2011).