Meet Brother William

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

He spent almost 30 years traveling around the country and the world as a leader in the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

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 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. As Vicar General from 2000 to 2007, Brother William was the second-highest officer of the international Catholic teaching order.

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. He 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 has provided, and 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.

Achievements Under Brother William's Tenure as President

  • Construction of Brother Leopold Hall on the Winona Campus
  • Expansion of the Twin Cities Campus with the purchase of the Saint Mary’s University Center
  • Initiation and expansion of online offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Development and adoption of Strategic Plan 2017
  • Establishment of the First Generation Initiative
  • Current construction of the Science and Learning Center on the Winona Campus
  • Creation of the campus master plan
  • Implementation of  a university-wide Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP)
  • Expansion of mission education and Lasallian formation
  • Completion of  the track and field complex
  • Establishment of the human resource office
  • Increased focus on upgraded facilities and success in athletics
  • Creation of new doctoral programs
  • Development of new branding materials
  • Development and formation of the Board of Trustees, including a semi-annual board retreat and a trustee  formation trip
  • More opportunities for student interactions with the Board of Trustees