Inside Higher Ed
June 26th, 2015
Monks are suing
trustees at Benedictine University in Illinois for shutting their
religious order, which founded the institution 128 years ago, out of
The monks want power to approve the institution’s next president and
say the Board of Trustees has been unwilling to disclose possible
conflicts of interest, despite repeated requests by the monks to do so
and, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this week, mandates in
Benedictine’s bylaws that require disclosure.
Benedictine is a Roman Catholic university that enrolls around 6,500 students and is 30 miles outside Chicago.
Father Austin Murphy, the abbot of St. Procopius Abbey, which is part
of the order that founded Benedictine in 1887, says a group of seven
members, comprised of Benedictine monks from the Abbey, is given
leadership powers in the university’s bylaws that are being denied by
the university and its trustees.