Thursday, May 26, 2016

About  Contact  Join  Donate

Catholic Education Daily


Mount St. Mary’s University Reappoints Dr. Powell as President

The Board of Trustees at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., has reappointed Dr. Thomas Powell as president for the next two years, the University announced.

Dr. Powell was appointed president in 2003 and was expected to relinquish his duties at the end of this academic year. Instead, the Dr. Powell will continue to serve in his position, and the search for the next president will be extended.

The Board is steadfast in its commitment to selectivity in its search for an exceptional leader. After careful consideration, the trustees are extending the presidential search process and are very grateful to President Powell for his ongoing service to Mount St. Mary’s University,” said John Coyne III, Chairman of the Board, in the University press release.

Dr. Powell’s tenure has been marked with “unprecedented growth and success,” as the University reports, and has also been notable for its commitment to strong Catholic identity.

For the past three years, The Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education has had an office at Mount St. Mary’s University.

“Dr. Powell has been a steadfast proponent of Catholic identity at Mount St. Mary’s and has been of great help to The Cardinal Newman Society,” said Patrick J. Reilly, Newman Society president. “We’re enthusiastic about his reappointment and know that the University has every reason to continue his important efforts to strengthen the Catholic identity of the Mount.”

Dr. Powell’s plans for the future of the Mount include the “strengthening of [the University’s] academic programs.” He stated:

This is a critical moment in the Mount’s storied history, as the University is currently involved with self-study reviews for several academic re-accreditations…The search for the next President of our beloved campus will begin soon enough, but for now, there is work to be done in strengthening our academic programs and infrastructure, and to guide us through our re-accreditation efforts.

It is a distinct privilege to serve as President of Mount St. Mary’s University. I am humbled and grateful the Board of Trustees asked me to remain at the helm while the search for my successor continues…Additionally, my wife, Irene, is looking forward to continuing her work with the Mount Family Association as well as coordinating many internal and external community programs and events.”

Mount St. Mary’s University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

Catholic Education Daily is an online publication of The Cardinal Newman Society. Click here for email updates and free online membership with The Cardinal Newman Society.


Renewal Report


Latest Featured

Catholic Is Our Core


More News Categories




Join Us

Join thousands of Catholic families and individuals standing with The Cardinal Newman Society for faithful Catholic education. Members receive news roundups by email, about weekly.

Start your no-cost membership now!



Our work is possible only through the generosity of countless supporters who share our mission. We have promoted and defended faithful Catholic education for 20 years! Please support our successful work by making a donation today.


Stay Connected

Keep up with the latest developments by joining our social media networks:



Google Plus


Connect on Facebook


Links to News Sites


Links to Blog Sites

Catholic Identity Concerns|Faith in Education|From the Bishops and Vatican|Religious Freedom | Terms Of Use | Privacy Statement
Copyright 2016 by Cardinal Newman Society -- 9720 Capital Ct., Ste. 201, Manassas, VA 20110