Father Lawrence Biondi

Fred Pestello
8:27 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

At SLU, New President Faces Many Challenges

SLU President Fred Pestello
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

The scaffolding surrounding DuBourg Hall on the Saint Louis University campus is as much symbolic as it is structural.

While the administration building gets a facelift, the president’s office got a new occupant this week. Fred Pestello, SLU’s first non-Jesuit president, took over on Tuesday after a six-year career as president of Le Moyne College, another Jesuit institution in Syracuse, N.Y.

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Education
9:31 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Saint Louis University Names Fred Pestello New President

Fred Pestello is introduced as new president of Saint Louis University
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Updated 1:41 p.m., Fri., March 21.

Saint Louis University has a new president, its first non-Jesuit president, to succeed the Rev. Lawrence Biondi, who stepped down amid controversy last year.

The university’s Board of Trustees unanimously elected Fred Pestello during a special meeting Thursday evening, according to a news release. He will begin his new position on July 1.

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Saint Louis University
2:13 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

SLU President Biondi To Step Down Sept. 1

Father Lawrence Biondi
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Last updated 3:50 p.m.

Saint Louis University's president Father Lawrence Biondi will be stepping down Sept. 1.

The fact that Biondi was to retire was announced in May, but the date Biondi would step down was not announced at that time.

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Saint Louis University
1:44 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

SLU Cuts Ribbon On New Law School

Developer Steve Smith, Mayor Francis Slay, and Father Lawrence Biondi cut the ribbon on the new SLU law school in downtown St. Louis on April 16, 2013.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

With dozens of alums and current students on hand, Saint Louis University’s new law school in downtown officially opened for business today.

Joe and Loretta Scott Hall - named for the couple who donated the office building where it's housed - is a stone's throw from the state and federal courthouses, as well as City Hall.

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SLU Raises
5:05 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

SLU Professors Allege Smaller Raises Are Retaliation For Speaking Out Against Biondi

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Updated at 8:15 a.m. Friday to correct the organization Dr. Harris heads. It is the American Association of University Professors, not Professionals.

Updated at 6:15 p.m. to correct the size of the raise pool. It is $13.4 million, not $3.4 million.

Some faculty at Saint Louis University say they’re facing retaliation for speaking out against the leadership of outgoing president Father Lawrence Biondi.

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Other News
10:15 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Students, Faculty React To Biondi’s Retirement Announcement

Father Lawrence Biondi has announced his retirement as president of Saint Louis University.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated with reactions from students and faculty, added video May 7

James Dreas, a senior studying aerospace engineering, was hustling to get to church on Sunday morning.

He said he’s not up on all the details, but the way things went down doesn’t sit well with him.

“It’s kind of a shame he had to leave, if he didn’t want to, that is,” Dreas said.

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Other News
5:29 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Relationship Between SLU Faculty, President Biondi Shows No Signs Of Improvement

Faculty and student protestors outside of Father Biondi's campus residence
Credit Adam Allington / St. Louis Public Radio

The relationship between faculty and administration at St. Louis University is showing no signs of improvement, and that's putting it mildly.

In what has become a common occurrence on campus, faculty and students took to the streets in protest on Wednesday.  This most recent uproar came after a scheduled meeting between the faculty Senate, Biondi and Board of Trustees Chairman Tom Brouster was cancelled.

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4:43 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

SLU Chairman Of The Board Steps Down

Thomas Brouster
Credit Reliance Bancshares, Inc.

The Chairman of the Board of St. Louis University is resigning.

Tom Brouster gave notice to the board, citing the need to spend more time at his day job and with family.

Brouster says his decision was not motivated by the turmoil that has engulfed the university over the past 8 months, including a no-confidence vote against SLU President, Father Lawrence Biondi.

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Other News
12:15 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Embattled SLU Vice President Steps Down

Protestors march during SLU's board of trustees meeting
Credit Kristen Miano, St. Louis University

Dr. Manoj Patankar, the embattled vice president of academic affairs at St. Louis University stepped down on Saturday.

Patankar’s tenure as vice president was marked by a groundswell of criticism. It was Patankar’s controversial changes to the university’s tenure structure that prompted a severe backlash from faculty.

The criticism soon grew to encompass University President, Father Lawrence Biondi, who stood by Patankar despite no confidence votes by faculty in both himself and Patanker.

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