Launching the Fleischhacker Center

Dedication of The Fleischhacker Center for Ethical Leadership in Action

In October, the Center for Ethical Leadership in Action, which opened at the College of Saint Benedict in 2017, was officially renamed in honor of Teresa and Mark Fleischhacker. The Fleischhacker Center for Ethical Leadership in Action will continue the work the center has already done toward supporting experiential learning. Most notably that happens through fellowships granted to high-achieving Bennies.

Each Fleischhacker fellow receives $5,000 to conduct a full-time (40 hours/week for 10 weeks), on-site, unpaid internship, as well as a $1,000 living stipend. For many Fleischhacker fellows, opportunities like an unpaid internship would otherwise be impractical due to financial circumstances.

Before his passing in 2018, Mark Fleischhacker served twice as a CSB trustee and was a trusted and valued mentor for many students. As executive vice president and chief engineering officer for Lake Region Medical, Mark personified the notion of ethical leadership. He and Teresa have been faithful friends and benefactors for the college since the days when their daughter Katherine Fleischhacker Herzig ’06 demonstrated to them the power of a Saint Ben’s education.