Mount St. Mary's University President Thomas H. Powell made public today his decision to retire. Dr. Powell will step down after the 2013-14 academic year.
During Dr. Powell's tenure as president, the Mount strengthened its Catholic identity, transitioned from college to university status, achieved record high student enrollment, strengthened its core curriculum program, completed a successful capital campaign, and added several new buildings to its Emmitsburg, Maryland, campus.
In 2010, Dr. Powell contacted The Cardinal Newman Society to suggest housing the Society's Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education at the Mount. Today, the Center flourishes at the Mount under the direction of the University's Vice President for Catholic Identity, Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland.
"Dr. Powell has set a marvelous example of how to lead a successful university while remaining true to the principles of strong Catholic identity," said Patrick J. Reilly, President of the Newman Society. "He has worked closely with trustees, administrators, faculty members, and students to enhance the religious mission of the University."
"Thanks to Dr. Powell's faithful administration of the Mount, Catholic families have access to one of the best Catholic higher educations available in the United States," continued Reilly. "We thank him for that legacy and pray that God may continue to bless him and Mount St. Mary's University."
Board of Trustees Chairman Eugene M. Waldron, Jr. said:
The Board of Trustees is unanimous in its support and admiration of President Powell and all he has accomplished. His leadership, and the momentum we have achieved in our effort to strengthen the Mount, have set a great trajectory for future success. I know I speak on behalf of the entire Mount community in thanking he and his wife, Irene, for their years of service.
The national search for the next president of the Mount will begin this June.
Mount St. Mary's University is recommended at TheNewmanGuide.com for its strong Catholic identity.
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