Professor Dr. Pater Richard Schenk, O.P.

Congratulation to Fr. Richard Schenk, O.P., a son of the Province of the Holy Name of Jesus, who was recently elected President of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. The Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt is Germany’s only Catholic university. It was first established in April of 1980, but it continues an almost 450 year tradition of higher education, dating back to the Collegium Willibaldinum,  which was founded in 1564 as the first seminary for priests north of the Alps. More on the election of Fr. Richard Schenk, O.P. at Kathpedia and Munich Kirchenradio
The Dominicans first came to Eichstätt in Bavaria in the 13th century. The priory there was partially destroyed by a fire in 1366 and then rebuilt. The famous Dominican scholar Peter Georg Schwartz (Nigri), one of four brothers Schwartz, was a member of the community in the 15th century. In 1473 he was elected Prior at Eichstätt and in 1478 became professor of Old Testament  in the University of Ingolstadt.
Video news report from the Donaukurier: Teleschau.

Updates:
1. Audio (mp3) interview on Munich Kirchenradio.
2. Audio (mp3) news report from Radio K1.
3. From Katholisch1TV.
4. Sensation in Eichstätt from Szene-Extra 
5. Welt Online: Welcome, Mr. President 

“Er ist eine Persönlichkeit mit großer Ausstrahlung und der Begabung, Freunde zu gewinnen”, sagt Robert Spaemann. Während seines Studiums in München saß Schenk in den Oberseminaren des katholischen Philosophen. Beide kennen sich seither. Er könne in Eichstätt die schwierige Balance zwischen wissenschaftlicher Reputation, Weltoffenheit und katholischem Profil finden.
6. Katholisch1 TV 1 4.10.2011