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Biondi Dodges Retirement Talk at SLU Faculty Senate Meeting

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Saint Louis University’s embattled President Fr. Lawrence Biondi made his first appearance before the SLU Faculty Senate Tuesday after announcing earlier this month that he plans to retire.

Biondi attended the closed door, no-reporters-allowed meeting before about 150 faculty members, the same group whose “no confidence” vote in October helped force him to announce he will step down.

“I didn’t notice anything different about him than at regular meetings,” former Faculty Senate President Mark Knuepfer, who was in attendance, said. “I wouldn’t say he was jovial. He acted somber.”

Knuepfer says Biondi never discussed the rift between him and the faculty or his decision to retire. “I don’t expect him to apologize for anything he’s done but he has accepted the fact that this university needs to move on without him and to the faculty I would say that’s the most important thing.”

Most of the speaking at the meeting was done by Joe Adorjan, the new chair of the SLU Board of Trustees.

As of now, no firm date has been set for Biondi’s last day.

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