May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020

Presidential message

Dear Faculty and Staff,

From our spring meeting of the Board of Trustees on Friday, I am pleased to share that we elected three new Trustees, who possess a diverse range of experiences, expertise, and global knowledge.

The new board members are:

The Rev. Matthew Carnes, SJ — Fr. Carnes is an associate professor in the Department of Government and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He also currently serves as the director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown. Fr. Carnes’ research examines the dynamics of labor and social welfare policy in developing and middle-income countries. A distinguished educator, he is a specialist on Latin America and has conducted extensive field research in Argentina, Peru, Chile, and Bolivia, and has worked on development projects in Honduras, Mexico, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Ecuador. In recent years, he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

The Rev. Christopher Collins, SJ — As assistant to the president for Mission and Identity at Saint Louis University (SLU), Fr. Collins provides executive-level leadership for fostering and promoting SLU’s Jesuit, Catholic identity. In his previous role as director of the Catholic Studies program, Fr. Collins was involved in engaging the SLU community by developing a Mass and lecture series focused on topics around Catholic higher education. He is active in the broader St. Louis community, serving on several educational and social service boards. A faculty member in SLU’s Department of Theological Studies, Fr. Collins is the author of The Word Made Love: The Dialogical Theology of Joseph Ratzinger/ Benedict XVI (Liturgical Press, 2013) and Three Moments of the Day: Praying with the Heart of Jesus (Ave Maria Press, 2014).

William Fox, BA’84, JD’87 — Fox is the global financial crimes executive for Bank of America, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. He leads the company’s global program to address the compliance and operational risks associated with financial crime, and is a member of the Operating Committee for the company. He has led several industry-wide groups dedicated to the topic of financial crime. Prior to joining Bank of America in 2006, Fox served for 18 years in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, most recently as the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. In 2003, he received a Presidential Meritorious Rank Award for his work on counterterrorist financing issues. Fox received both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Creighton.

I am excited to welcome these new Trustees to our leadership team, and look forward to the significant ways their unique voices, insights, and perspectives can help the University move forward with hope and confidence in these uncertain and challenging times.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD