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Lawrence Biondi S.J., President of Saint Louis University beginning in 1987.
Lawrence Biondi S.J., President of Saint Louis University beginning in 1987.

Lawrence Biondi, S.J., is the president of Saint Louis University. He has been a professor, a department chair, and a dean. He has been president since 1987. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Saint Louis University is a private, co-educational Catholic Jesuit university in the United States of America located in St. ... The Society of Jesus — also known by its Latin name Societas Iesu or its English variant Jesuit Order — is a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church in direct service to the Pope. ... Saint Louis University is a private, co-educational Catholic Jesuit university in the United States of America located in St. ... This article is about the year 1987. ...

During his tenure, Biondi has focused on recruiting the faculty and students, increasing the University's academic reputation, and developing the University as a major research center.



A Chicago native, Biondi holds six degrees. His master's degree in linguistics (1966) and his doctorate in sociolinguistics (1975) both were conferred by Georgetown University. He has three degrees from Loyola University Chicago and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Chicago, and he has been dubbed a Knight of the Italian Order of Merit by the president of Italy. In 1999, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch named Biondi one of St. Louis' "Citizens of the Century." In 1999, he won the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Arthritis Foundation, Eastern Missouri Chapter. In 2001, The St. Louis Ambassadors honored Biondi with the Leon R. Strauss Urban Pioneer Award, which is given to an individual in the St. Louis community who has contributed greatly to the development, restoration or improvement of St. Louis. The Council for Advancement and Support of Educational also recognized Biondi in 2001 with the Chief Executive Leadership Award for CASE District 6. Georgetown University is a Jesuit private university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Father John Carroll founded the school in 1789, though its roots extend back to 1634. ... A garden sign welcomes residents and visitors to Rogers Park as home of Loyola University Chicago. ... There are currently five Italian orders of merit (Italian: ) that recognise contributions to the Italian Republic. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... This article is about the year. ...

Since becoming an administrator, Biondi has spent millions beautifying the campus including tens of thousands of dollars on statues, which now dot the campus. There has been controversy over the university spending money on nude statues and statues that depict a white priest standing over bowing Native Americans.

In 2005, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch named Father Biondi the Citizen of the Year. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The St. ...

Fr. Biondi was trapped in Lebanon during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon Conflict. He was removed from the conflict after boarding a Greek-owned, American funded vessel to Cyprus with other Americans "stranded" in Lebanon. He was able to return to St. Louis safely. Another priest from St. Louis, Reverend Andre Mhanna, who accompanied Biondi to Beirut, stayed behind to minister to the wounded. Combatants Hezbollah Amal LCP  Israel Commanders Hassan Nasrallah (Secretary General of Hezbollah) Imad Mughniyeh (Commander of Hezbollahs armed wing)[5] Dan Halutz (CoS) Moshe Kaplinsky[12] Udi Adam (Regional) Strength 600-1,000 active fighters 3,000-10,000 reservists[6] 30,000 ground troops (plus IAF & ISC)[13...

Tenure at Saint Louis University

In 2007, Fr. Biondi marked his 20th year as President of SLU, the second longest run of any of SLU's presidents. His time at SLU has witnessed improvements across the board.[1]

1987 2007
Average ACT score of entering freshmen 22.7 26.4
Student-to-teacher ratio 16 to 1 13 to 1
Endowed chairs and professorships 16 51
Full-time ranked faculty 718 1297
Number of freshmen 1,077 1,604
Residence hall occupancy 1,992 3,446
Annual Donations to SLU $15.6 million $66 million
Grant, contract and research revenue $8.96 million $65.8 million
University endowment $93 million $970 million
Net assets $504.3 million $1.4 billion
Annual Full scholarships awarded 0 30
Faculty/Staff mission-related programs 0 24
Doctorates awarded 94 157

The campus itself has expanded significantly in his twenty years as well.

1987 2007
SLU-owned Buildings 62 127
SLU-owned acres in Midtown St. Louis 113 234
SLU public safety officers 53 103

Among the largest expansions are the Chaifetz Arena and the Doisy Research Center, both of which are scheduled to be open and in full use during the 2007-08 academic year. The Chaifetz Arena, located on the campus of Saint Louis University, is a 10,600 seat multi-purpose arena in St. ...

In a recent interview, upon being asked what he hoped his legacy at SLU would be, Biondi responded, "That I leave my successor with a university that is recognized across the nation as the finest Catholic university in the United States. That is my vision for SLU and, I hope, my legacy."


  1. ^ Table below taken from "Universitas: Saint Louis University," Volume 34, Issue 1. Copyright St. Louis University.

External links

  • Saint Louis University Web Site



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