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January 28, 2010

St. Vincent College names monk new president

LATROBE — A monk who graduated from St. Vincent College will be its newest president, the 17th the school’s 164-year history.

Brother Norman Hipps will replace James Towey who is leaving in June and has been president of the private, Catholic liberal arts college in Unity Township since 2006.

Towey was just the second lay president of the school, the other being his immediate predecessor, James Will. Before coming to St. Vincent, Towey was director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives under former President George W. Bush.

Brother Hipps, a 65-year-old monk, is currently executive vice president of the college and dean of its school of science, math and computing.

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