Jonathan DeFelice

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Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B.
Profile of Father Jonathan walking into the Commencement exercises at Saint Anselm College
Father Jonathan DeFelice processing into the 2010 Saint Anselm College commencement
Alma mater Saint Anselm College, Class of 1969
Home town Bristol, Rhode Island
Title President Emeritus, Saint Anselm College
Term 1989 - June 2013

Jonathan DeFelice , O.S.B. is the former President of Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Serving the college for 24 years, Father DeFelice was the longest serving college president in the state of New Hampshire.[1] Growing up in Bristol, Rhode Island, he graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in 1965, and then attended Saint Anselm College, earning a bachelor's degree in Philosophy in 1969. He entered Saint Anselm Abbey as a junior in 1968, becoming a Benedictine monk in 1973.[2] He was a "longtime friend" of Portland's Bishop Joseph John Gerry, who left Saint Anselm monastery in 1986 for the high-level diocesan post at the request of Vatican officials.[3] Defelice was a "Faithful Educator" according to Christy Nadalin in her book, Legendary Locals of Bristol.[4]

He served a five-year term as a member of the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission beginning in 1990 after being sworn in by then Gov. Judd Gregg.[5] Under his leadership, the college sought to expand its inclusiveness efforts to attract both students and faculty of diverse backgrounds.[6]

In May 1992, The Sun Journal reported on Defelice's directive to college employees to discontinue construction contracts with the late Republican U.S. Senate candidate Hal Eckman for his pro-choice position on abortion then.[7][8]

DeFelice, together with John J. Reilly, Jr., and Paul A. Dowd wrote a case study on Successful Fund Raising at a Religious-Based College, which was included in the book, Successful Fund Raising for Higher Education. The Advancement of Learning, by Frank H. T. Rhodes, Ed.[9]

DeFelice stepped down as President in June 2013.

On March 13, 2015, he received the State Merit Award by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE).[10]