Saint Louis University invited 13 distinguished jurors to meet in January to select the three finalists for the 2019 Opus Prize.
The Opus Prize Jury reviewed nominations submitted to the University through a confidential nomination process that began in 2018. The candidates nominated for the 2019 Opus Prize are unsung heroes whose work combines a spirit of innovation with amazing faith, as they seek to inspire long-term, local solutions to address poverty and injustice.
Members of the Opus Prize Jury included leaders from St. Louis’ arts, business, non-profit, faith and civic communities. They are:
- Anne Bannister, chair of the Board, The Sheldon
- Traci Blackmon, executive minister of justice and local church ministries for The United Church of Christ and senior pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ
- Betsy Cohen, executive director, Mosaic Project
- Anna Crosslin, president and CEO, International Institute of St. Louis
- Judge Jimmie Edwards, Director of Public Safety for the City of St. Louis; SLU alumni
- Ghazala Hayat, M.D., Islamic Foundation of St. Louis and professor of neurology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine
- Dennis Holtschneider, CM, Ed.D., president elect, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
- Darryl Jones, managing partner at D&D Concessions; SLU Trustee and alumni
- Marie Kenyon, director, Peace and Justice Commission for the Archdiocese of St. Louis; SLU alumna
- Marian “Bo” Mehan, partner, Lewis Rice; SLU Trustee and alumna
- Patrick McCruden, chief mission integration officer, SSM Health System Office
- Michael McMillan, president and CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; SLU alumni
- Laurie Philips, former CEO, St. Patrick Center