The Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict presented the 2018 Mother Benedicta Riepp Award to Mary Dana Hinton, president of the College of St. Benedict. The award was presented at the 2018 Gratitude Day on Aug. 19.
The Mother Benedicta Riepp Award, named after the foundress of St. Benedict’s Monastery, is awarded annually to a woman who exemplifies Benedictine and Gospel values in her daily life.
“Since she was a high school sophomore, Mary, being a woman of color, has had to advocate for herself and for those who are underrepresented,” the monastery wrote in a press release about the award.
“As president of CSB, Hinton strives to provide a university culture like no other,” the statement said in announcing the award. “She demonstrates love and generosity toward students that truly reflects St. Benedict’s instruction to welcome all as Christ.”
In September 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Bicentennial Medal from Williams College in recognition for “her passion for educational equity.”
Hinton was named president in 2014.