Mary Hinton, PhD
President, College of Saint Benedict
Dr. Mary Dana Hinton became the fifteenth president of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., on July 1, 2014.
Mary earned a Ph.D. in religion and religious education with high honors from Fordham University, a Master of Arts degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Prior her appointment as President of the College of Saint Benedict, Mary served as the vice president for academic affairs at Mount Saint Mary College, a Dominican college in Newburgh, NY. In this role, she provided senior administrative leadership for academic affairs, enrollment management, planning, assessment and institutional research and student affairs, among other areas. Her passion for student retention led to the development of the Center for Student Success, a model program that provides comprehensive academic support services to improve student retention and persistence.
Mary is the author of “The Commercial Church: Black Churches and the New Religious Marketplace in America.” Her scholarship focuses on African American religious history, religious education, and leadership, strategic planning, assessment, and diversity in the academy. She is a member of the Minnesota Private College Council Board of Presidents, the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation Board of Directors, the International Women’s Forum of Minnesota, and the Bonner Foundation Presidents’ Advisory Council. Since 2012, she has taught in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education doctoral program in higher education management.
A first generation college student, Mary graduated from Williams in 1992 with a major in Psychology. She currently lives in St. Joseph with her husband, Robert Williams (Williams Class of 1994), and their children, Hallela, Hillel and Hosanna.