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By Stephen D. Minnis, President, Benedictine College. USA-TODAY

By Stephen D. Minnis, President, Benedictine College, June 17, 2024

A native of St. Joseph, MO, Minnis graduated from Benedictine College in 1982. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn University in 1985 and Master of Business Administration degree in 1993 from Baker University. He served as an Assistant District Attorney and as General Attorney, Director, regulatory policy at Sprint Corporation before becoming President of Benedictine College in 2004.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out since the commencement speech on our campus by Harrison Butker, the high scorer for the Kansas City Chiefs in the last two Super Bowls.

This morning USA Today published my Op-Ed about this year’s keynote commencement speech and the aftermath. Read the article here.

  • The article explains why the college did not make a statement about the speech.

  • More importantly, it allows us to introduce Benedictine College and our strategic vision to Transform Culture in America through our mission of community, faith and scholarship. As the article puts it:

“Community is the answer to the cancel culture; faith is the answer to the culture of unbelief; and scholarship is the answer to the culture of relativism.” …