St. Catherine University announces its 11th President.

ReBecca (Becky) Koenig Roloff '76

  • announcement

    Welcome home, President-elect Roloff!

    The Board of Trustees of St. Catherine University is pleased to announce ReBecca (Becky) Koenig Roloff as its 11th President, effective July 1, 2016. She will replace Andrea Lee, IHM, who is stepping down this summer, after 18 years of exceptional leadership.

    In selecting Roloff for the post, we assessed several highly-qualified candidates against their ability to advance the University's mission of educating students to lead and influence, while upholding its bedrock principles of advancing women’s education through Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry, social justice and liberal arts. Roloff, who earned a B.A. from St. Kate’s in 1976 and an MBA with Distinction from Harvard in 1982, emerged as the best fit.

    We believe her distinguished career in the private and non-profit sectors demonstrates her extraordinary leadership, commitment to inclusion and ability to achieve financial stability through fundraising, while at the same time serving the community. Throughout her life, she has remained part of the St. Kate's community, and we are blessed to welcome her home as our next President.

    Roloff will begin transition meetings with University leadership immediately and anticipates being on campus full-time by August 15, 2016. Announcements regarding her inauguration will be released at a later date.


    St. Catherine University Board of Trustees
    St. Catherine University Presidential Search Committee

  • Community Celebrations

    Let's celebrate the news!

    Join the entire St. Catherine community in welcoming President-elect Roloff by attending a campus celebration on Friday, May 6. Please be sure to wear your purple with pride!

    There will be celebrations on both campuses featuring ice cream and cake (gluten-free options also available) served by University leaders. Following a short program, you will have the opportunity to meet President-elect Roloff and mingle on the quad.

    Times and Locations

    St. Paul Campus (map)
    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    The O’Shaughnessy steps

    Minneapolis Campus (map)
    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


    Karen Rauenhorst, chair, St. Catherine University Board of Trustees
    Sister Jean Wincek, CSJ, ’62, vice-chair and Province Leadership Team
    Andrea J. Lee, IHM, president
    Shannon McKeever ’17, Student Senate President-elect
    President-elect Becky Roloff

    Music from the Medicine Show Band.

    Share your photos on social media with #WelcomePresRoloff

    Media are welcome to attend.

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