MADISON, NJ - The Drew University Board of Trustees has accepted the recommendation of the Drew Presidential Search Committee and voted unanimously to select Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger, formerly of the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, as Drew University’s 12th president.
Dr. Baenninger will begin her term at Drew in July.
Baenninger spent the last decade as president of the College of Saint Benedict, a nationally ranked liberal arts college. During her tenure, she increased her college’s endowment by 240 percent, oversaw multiple construction projects, and received national recognition for study abroad programs, internationalization efforts and support for undergraduate research.
According to the announcement released by Drew University on Monday, Baenninger also increased the diversity of the student body and increased net revenue.
“Drew’s aspirations and goals are a direct match for my experience and for the aspects of higher education that are especially dear to my heart,” Baenninger said. “It will be a privilege to be its leader.”
Previously, Baenninger was an executive at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and served as an associate professor at The College of New Jersey and held assistant professor positions at Philadelphia University and Washington College in Maryland.
She has a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D in psychology from Temple University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Baenninger’s selection is the culmination of a lengthy process begun last April by Drew’s presidential search committee, made up of trustees, faculty, staff and a student. She replaces Robert Weisbuch, who stepped down as president in 2012 after seven years in the post. Prior to Weisbuch, Drew's president was former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, who presided at the Madison campus from 1990 to 2005.