A Shining Success Story

The Illuminating Lives campaign has been an epic story with more heroes than we can count. In the interactive timeline below, we’ve pulled together some of the most impactful chapters in the Illuminating Lives campaign’s journey to success.


Mary Dana Hinton arrives as president

The Illuminating Lives campaign served as a backdrop for President Hinton’s six years leading Saint Ben’s. Her passion for improving access and for transformative inclusion – as well as her consistent efforts to strengthen and defend the liberal arts – guided and lifted up the campaign’s mission and priorities.

Nursing suite renovation completed

We made a quantum leap forward in the experience of nursing students with a $2.5 million renovation to the nursing suite in the Main building. This renovation created the Schoenecker Nursing Education Suite on the fourth floor of the Main building and enabling state-of-the-art simulated learning.

$10 million gift creates Fleischhacker Center for Ethical Leadership in Action

An anonymous $10 million gift (the largest outright gift in the school’s history) created a permanent endowment fund that supports the operation of the Mark and Teresa Fleischhacker Center for Ethical Leadership in Action. Among the roles of the Fleischhacker Center is providing stipends that can make unpaid internships viable for students who couldn’t otherwise afford that option. Fleischhacker fellowships allow these students to participate in the full Saint Ben’s experience.

Saint Ben’s ranked among top schools for promoting “The American Dream”

Striking recognition of our progress to date came from The New York Times’ College Access Index, which measures economic diversity and ranked Saint Ben’s 42nd in the nation – ahead of many flagship state institutions and private colleges boasting much larger endowments. According to the Times, the index “is based on how many low- and middle-income students colleges graduate and how much those students must pay.”

Endowment impact

When this campaign kicked off, the College of Saint Benedict’s endowment stood at $43,210,239. When we closed the books on Illuminating Lives, the endowment held $89,100,000. That’s an amazing change of 106.2% over just a few years.