Benedictine Br. Dietrich Reinhart, the first non-ordained monk to
serve as president of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn.,
died Dec. 29. He was 59. Born Thomas Reinhart, he graduated from St.
John's in 1971 before entering the novitiate there. He was named
the 11th president of St. John's University in 1991 and was
reappointed to that post in 1997 and 2003. During his presidency, the
university's enrollment grew by 9 percent, the endowment increased
to more than $145 million and its sesquicentennial capital campaign
exceeded its $150 million goal. A statement from the abbey said Reinhart
"took pride in continuing the close collaboration with the College
of St. Benedict [run by Benedictine sisters in nearby St. Joseph, Minn.]
and co-led the creation of the first joint strategic plan."
Reinhart resigned as president in October shortly after being diagnosed
with malignant metastatic melanoma.