St. John's looking beyond monastery for next university president

To date, all the presidents of St. John's University have come from the adjacent Abbey. That may change now that the university has hired a search firm to find the successor to the Reverend Robert Koopman.
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To date, all the presidents of St. John's University have come from the adjacent Abbey. That may change now that the university has hired a search firm to find the successor to the Reverend Robert Koopman.

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