2024 Speaker

Steve Minnis

President of Benedictine College

​A native of St. Joseph, MO, Steve Minnis served as a corporate attorney and former assistant district attorney before becoming president of Benedictine College in 2004. Since then, the college has experienced unprecedented growth, doubling enrollment. “The Home of the Ravens,” Benedictine College has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges and recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as one of the top 20 Catholic universities in America.

President Minnis graduated from Benedictine College in 1982. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn University in 1985 and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1993 from Baker University.

Under his leadership, Benedictine has launched the Thompson Center for Integrity in Finance and Economics, the John Paul II Fellows, the Center for Integral Ecology, and the Center for Beauty and Culture.

He is a frequent speaker on spirituality in the workplace and academic freedom.

Minnis’ wife, Amy (Kohake), is a 1984 graduate of Benedictine College. They have three grown children, Matthew, Michael, and Molly, and four grandchildren.

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