SBM.19a02 Sister Linnea Welter, president "(1961-1963)
FIRST 5O YEARS OF THE COLLEGE OF SAINT BENEDICT (CSB)
Sister Linnea Welter (1961-63) was the first to lead the college as a separate institution. It took a great deal of patience, creativity and sensitivity to begin to establish a new relationship with the religious community and for the Sisters to understand and work out a new "sponsoring" relationship toward the college."
Sister Linnea took a giant step forward in independent governance of the college by increasing the number of lay teachers. Now in 1963, out of 55 faculty members, 13 are lay teachers and 2 from St. John's University. George Herman, who recently won the McKnight award for the "best play written by a Minnesota resident" was one from St. John's."(We need this kind of success to make college known)" The future will enjoy the fruit of this planning.
Sister Linnea was first and foremost an English teacher at heart. She was highly respected as an English teacher by the students from St. John's during those first years of academic cooperation between the two colleges.
Vivarium; Saint Benedict's Monastery - St. Joseph, MN