Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota welcomes new president

There’s a new leader at the helm of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

The University hosted a welcome reception for Father James P. Burns who officially started as president on Monday. 

Its previous president, Brother William Mann, stepped down last May after ten years at the school.

Burns comes to Winona from Massachusetts, where he worked as a dean at Boston College.

Before that he was an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

He says he’s hoping to get to know students and faculty before setting goals for the University.

"I’ve found really engaged, wonderful students already, faculty and staff that are just so enthusiastic and passionate about all that the student experience is," Burns said. "And it’s just been very heartwarming and uplifting and it’s exactly what I had hoped it would be and more." 

There will be a chance to meet Father Burns in Rochester. 

Another welcome reception is planned for Friday, July 27th from 3-5 p.m. at the Cascade Meadow Science Center. 

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