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About Brother William

13th president of Saint Mary's University

Brother William Mann, FSC, became the 13th president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota on June 1, 2008.

Brother William previously spent almost 30 years traveling around the country and the world as a leader in the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and as a guiding force in the evolution of the global Lasallian educational network.

A native of New York City, Brother William joined the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1965. He began his career as an English and religion teacher, working from 1970-79 at two Christian Brother high schools in New York and Rhode Island.

He then held positions directing Christian Brother formation for the Long Island-New England Province and USA/Toronto Region, and from 1990-96 he was International Secretary of Formation in Rome. He later served as Delegate Superior for India, and as Provincial for the LI-NE Province, which operates 10 educational institutions in New York and Rhode Island.

As Vicar General from 2000 to 2007, Brother William was the second-highest officer of the international Catholic teaching order that comprises 5,300 Christian Brothers, working in association with 73,000 lay educators to operate 930 schools and universities serving 900,000 students in 82 countries.

Brother William’s educational background includes a B.A. in English Literature from The Catholic University of America, an M.A. in Liberal Studies - Literature from State University of New York at Stony Brook, an M.A. in Spirituality from Salve Regina University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Family Ministry from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.

Brother William is a noted scholar and writer on the life and teachings of John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the patron saint of educators. He has authored and edited numerous publications examining De La Salle’s writings and spirituality, putting them into context for Lasallian educators in today’s world.

While serving on the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Board of Trustees from 1996-2001, Brother William worked to further Saint Mary’s mission. Under his direction, Saint Mary’s will continue to provide accessible and relevant education when and where it is needed – the same charism established by De La Salle nearly 300 years ago.