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Anderson elected deputies' vice president

By Sally Vallongo
[Convention Daily] 

Bonnie Anderson from Michigan, chair of the Program, Budget and Finance Joint Standing Committee for two terms, was elected vice president of the House of Deputies today.

Long active in parish, diocesan and national affairs, Anderson said her decision to run was urged by several colleagues after Vince Curry, former vice president, announced he would not seek the position. “I thought about it and said a few prayers,” Anderson said Tuesday, after the election, adding, “I feel called to this.”

But the new post raises bittersweet feelings, Anderson admitted. “Program, Budget and Finance is a hard job but I’ve met wonderful people.” And, no matter which way today’s election went, the new vice president said she would not have sought a third term. “It’s time for someone else to take that appointment.”

Because Province V elected Anderson, 60, to the Executive Council, the Pontiac, Mich., woman will be performing double duty during the next triennium. “This is good because while the vice president of deputies is an invited guest on executive council, they typically don’t have a vote. I’ll also have a vote on executive council, so I think that’s good for me.”

Anderson brings a depth of General Convention experience to her new positions. She’s been a deputy for five terms, has served on the deputies' President’s Council of Advice and has helped lead anti-racism training. A retired instructor at the University of Michigan, her areas of specialization include women’s studies, natural resources and organizational development.