College of St. Benedict names first black president

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Mary Hinton has been named the first black president of the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

Hinton, 43, who is vice president for academic affairs at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., will take over in June, St. Benedict announced Wednesday. She succeeds MaryAnn Baenninger, who is leaving to become president of Drew University in New Jersey.

Hinton, who has a doctoral degree in religion and religious education from Fordham University, said she was “humbled by the opportunity to lead an institution with such a powerful liberal arts tradition.”

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