Thank you to Father Robert Horihan, who has provided collaborative administrative leadership for the Theology and Philosophy Department for the past two years as acting chair, while continuing to serve as the rector for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary. He has also sought to make headway in completing a doctoral degree. For the summer months, he will return to the Catholic University of America, where he will be able to dedicate more energy to a dissertation, which will surely remain in progress even upon his return to Winona in the fall. As Father Horihan concentrates on the last requirements toward finishing the terminal degree, Brother Robert Smith, FSC, Ph.D., has agreed to take over the administrative leadership of the Theology and Philosophy Department over the summer and through the fall semester. Brother Robert will provide administrative leadership for this department through December 31, 2022.

Brother Robert currently serves as senior vice president for university initiatives and special advisor to the president, as well as the executive director of the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership. Holding a Ph.D. in moral theology and Christian ethics, he has been a long-time tenured member of the Theology and Philosophy Department, in which he has taught (since 1980) and twice served as chair.


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