Fontbonne College Gets Its First Male President

By Susan C. Thomson Of the Post-Dispatch | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), September 16, 1994 | Go to article overview

Fontbonne College Gets Its First Male President


Susan C. Thomson Of the Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Dennis C. Golden, vice president for student affairs at the University of Louisville, will become president of Fontbonne College on Jan. 1.

On second thought, make that Jan. 2. "Can I wait until after the Rose Bowl is over?" Golden wondered Thursday.

It was the question - rhetorical, of course - of a man who went to the College of Holy Cross on a football scholarship. According to a classmate there, he could have played the game professionally.

Golden, 52, spoke by telephone from his office in Louisville, after Fontbonne announced his selection.

He said he found Fontbonne special: a Catholic college that personalizes education and blends liberal arts and professional programs "in an atmosphere where both faith and reason work hand in hand."

He spoke with a tinge of his native Queens, N.Y., in his voice.

Golden will be the first man to head Fontbonne, founded 71 years ago by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. He will succeed Meneve Dunham, retiring after nine years as the college's first lay president. All of Dunham's predecessors were nuns.

Originally a women's college, Fontbonne went coed in the mid-1970s.

In addition to a bachelor's degree in history from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Golden holds a master's degree in guidance and psychology from Assumption College in Worcester and a doctorate in higher education administration from Boston College. …

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