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Erasmus Institute Joins the College of Saint Mary Magdalen

The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, NH ( announced today that it has expanded its educational programs to include the Erasmus Institute ( and its Cowan Program.  By establishing the Cowan Program in Warner, the College welcomes back to campus one of its founders, Dr. Peter Sampo.  Sampo, the College’s first president, has been a leader in Catholic higher education for over thirty years.   

The College’s president, Dr. George Harne was quoted as saying, “Dr. Sampo’s return to the College marks another significant step in the re-founding of the College.  While creating a premiere liberal arts college that is at once faithful to the Church and an intellectual peer of America’s best colleges, we have also sought to renew our founding charism.  Dr. Sampo’s return is an important part of this process.”

Through the addition of the Cowan Program, Magdalen’s students will now have the opportunity to spend a semester in Rome and can also choose—beginning in their Junior year—to major in Philosophy, Literature, or Political Science.  By bringing the Erasmus Institute into the College, Magdalen becomes the first Liberal Arts College to offer both a Great Books Program of Studies and the Cowan Program.

Magdalen’s Vice President of Advancement and Admissions, Tim Van Damm was quoted as saying, “I’m excited that the Erasmus Institute will be joining the College of Saint Mary Magdalen.  Through the addition of the Cowan Program, we are redrawing the map of Catholic higher education.  I’m confident that in bringing these two institutions together we will continue to strengthen the faith of our students and to foster a culture of academic excellence.” 

The College of Saint Mary Magdalen is one of only 20 colleges in the U.S. to be named to the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College (  The College offers a classical liberal arts education—through its Cowan Program and its Great Books Program—rooted in Catholic social teaching and loyal to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.  The College’s campus sits on 135 acres of land and is located on Mount Kearsarge in the Mink Hills of New Hampshire.  The College is 90 miles north of Boston, MA and 20 miles north of Concord, the New Hampshire state capital.