Dr. Joseph Favazza to be installed as new president at Saint Anselm College

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Dr. Joseph A. Favazza, president of Saint Anselm College

MANCHESTER, NH — Saint Anselm College will begin the inauguration of its 11th president, Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D., with a Mass of the Holy Spirit in the Abbey Church at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16. The installation ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 17 at 2:30 p.m., in the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena.

A leader in liberal arts higher education, Dr. Favazza has a longstanding record of success in achieving critical academic and institutional goals.


Delegates from around the country are invited to attend the inauguration, joining Saint Anselm College faculty members and Staff Council in an academic procession preceding the ceremony. Ann M. Catino, Esq., ’82, chair of the Saint Anselm College Board of Trustees, will confer the office of the president upon Dr. Favazza.

Dr. Favazza comes to Saint Anselm College from Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., where he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2012. He also served as Dean of General Education, overseeing a new core curriculum and interdisciplinary programs, and as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. He was a tenured Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the “Search for Values” Program for Interdisciplinary Humanities at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and has published and presented widely on a range of issues from ritual practices of forgiveness and reconciliation to academic leadership and pedagogy.

Dr. Favazza attended St. Meinrad College, a Benedictine college in Indiana, where he earned a B.A. in history. He later studied theology at St. Michael’s College in Toronto before completing an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He holds a certificate from Harvard’s Institute for Executive Management.

Dr. Favazza began his tenure as president of Saint Anselm College on July 15.


Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a nationally-ranked four-year liberal arts college providing a 21st-century education in the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Located in the greater Boston region in southern New Hampshire, Saint Anselm is well known for its strong liberal arts curriculum, the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, commitment to inclusiveness, a highly successful nursing program, and a legacy of community service. It is located at 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester. For more, visit www.anselm.edu