College of Saint Benedict

Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, is the fifteenth president of the College of Saint Benedict, a residential liberal arts college for women located in Minnesota. The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) provides a liberal arts education preparing women to think critically, lead courageously and advocate passionately. CSB is known particularly for its strengths in International Education, with 19 semester-long study abroad sites on six continents, very high international student enrollment, and an internationalized curriculum. The College of Saint Benedict has a unique partnership with nearby Saint John’s University, a liberal arts college for men. The partnership expands the academic, cultural, and facilities resources of both institutions. CSB has been cited as a “Best Value” college by Fiske, Barron’s, and Kiplinger’s.

Dr. Hinton earned a Ph.D. in religion and religious education with high honors from Fordham University, a Master of Arts degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Williams College. She has extensive administrative experience in Catholic higher education, national experience with non-profit K-12 education management and school development, and a philanthropic background in the corporate sector. Dr. Hinton’s scholarship focuses on African American religious history, religious education, and leadership, strategic planning, assessment, and diversity in the academy. She is the author of “The Commercial Church: Black Churches and the New Religious Marketplace in America.”

Dr. Hinton is a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Board of Directors, Chair of the Minnesota Private College Council Board of Presidents, the Women’s College Council Board of Directors, the Small Private College Advisory Board at the University of Minnesota, the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Minnesota Campus Compact Board of Directors, The Aspen Institute/Association of American Colleges and Universities Wye Seminars Advisory Council, the Central Minnesota Community Foundation Board of Directors, and the Bonner Foundation Presidents’ Advisory Council. Since 2012, she has taught in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education doctoral program in higher education management.

Mary Geller is in her 21st year at the College of Saint Benedict, where she serves as Vice President of Student Development. In addition to her responsibilities for student welfare, she serves as a Title IX deputy officer for the college, leads the institution’s diversity and inclusion committee, and advises multiple student groups including the Institute for Women’s Leadership, a student run organization that develop women as leaders and shapers of our world.  Ms. Geller manages the division’s budget and represents the division on both the president’s cabinet and the institution’s budget and strategic planning group.

She recently co-authored “A Community Approach to Sustainable Sexual Assault Prevention Strategies” in Preventing Sexual Violence On Campus (Routledge, 2017), where she discusses community-based education/prevention strategies to mitigate risk and educate students.

Her recent policy work includes collaborating with Academic Affairs to develop a set of recommendations for a comprehensive First Year Experience program and leading a two-year process that included consultation with the local bishop, students, faculty staff, monastics and board members and resulted in the adoption of a transgender admissions policy for the college.

Ms. Geller has her MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.