Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, To Receive Honorary Doctorate At SMC Academic Convocation

Brother Louis De Thomasis, FSC, president emeritus and professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and co-founder and former president of the Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS) will receive an honorary doctoral degree in educational leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California’s annual De La Salle Week Convocation at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in the College’s Chapel.

Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, president emeritus and professor of interdisciplinary studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and co-founder and former president of the Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS) will receive an honorary doctoral degree in educational leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California’s annual Academic Convocation. The celebratory event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in the College’s Chapel at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga, Calif. 94575.

“Brother Louis DeThomasis is a widely respected theologian whose lifelong service to the Church and stellar academic leadership is an inspirational model for us all,” said Saint Mary’s President James Donahue. “We are extremely proud and privileged to have him visit the College and offer his insights on the priorities of Lasallian educators now, during this special tricentennial year.”

The Convocation holds special significance this year, as it recognizes #300LaSalle, the global celebration of the tercentenary of the Lasallian Catholic and educational legacy of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers and founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers. During the Convocation, the College will also present two inaugural awards to recognize a Saint Mary’s faculty member and staff member as distinguished Lasallian educators. 

“Brother Louis is truly a remarkable and unique individual,” added Vice President for Mission Frances Sweeney. “He has been an exemplary leader in the Lasallian Catholic higher educational community, having us embrace what we do in our scholarship and in our teaching, and how we prepare students to impact society for the common good. He has a clear vision for the important role Lasallian universities play in the 21st century.”

A noted scholar and prolific writer, Brother Louis has authored many books and articles on issues of concern to the Catholic Church and on ethical considerations in the world of business. From 2008 to 2017, Brother Louis served as president and chairman of CBIS. Founded in 1981, the Catholic investment service provides socially responsible investment management exclusively to Catholic institutions worldwide. Today, CBIS manages $7 billion in assets for dioceses, colleges, and universities; religious institutes; and health care systems, and has offices in the United States and Europe.

Widely recognized for his distinguished academic leadership in service to Lasallian education, Brother Louis served for 21 years as president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and continues today as the university’s president emeritus, professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and distinguished senior fellow with the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership. His executive leadership includes serving as president and associate headmaster of La Salle Military Academy and vice president for finance for the Christian Brothers Center in Narragansett, R.I.

Brother Louis earned a bachelor of science degree in international relations from Georgetown University, conducted graduate study in theology at Providence College in Providence, R.I., and earned a doctorate in economics and financial management from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. He also completed postdoctoral studies as a Bush Fellow at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

For more information about Saint Mary's Academic Convocation, contact Sally Jamison in the College’s Office of Mission at sjamison@stmarys-ca.edu or (925) 631-4406.

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The Saint Mary's College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For more than 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church's oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 4,000 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary's College at stmarys-ca.edu and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.