On June 5, 2012, Abbot Mark Cooper, O.S.B., was elected as the fifth abbot and chancellor of Saint Anselm College. He was elected following a two-day election process that involved 25 monks voting on up to six ballots. Of the 28-member community, 25 were eligible to vote on 21 possible candidates. Following a clear majority, Abbot Mark accepted the honor and was immediately confirmed by the Abbot President. The group then proceeded to the Abbey Church for a service of thanksgiving.