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New VP Excited About Values and Benedictine Tradition at University of Mary

The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., recently hired Patrick O’Meara as its Vice President for Mission Advancement and Chief Investment Officer, announced the University. Among O’Meara’s tasks will be guiding the implementation of the University’s strategic plan for growth, Vision 2030: Education for Life.

"I'm excited about the values that permeate this university,” O'Meara reportedly said. "The rich Benedictine tradition, leadership, example of service, and prayerful witness of the Sisters of Annunciation Monastery made the decision easy for me to take this position at the University of Mary."

Vision 2030 developed in response to rapid regional growth in which U-Mary plays an important role through its “Benedictine tradition of creating ‘servant leaders’” who are also “of the highest professional caliber,” University president Monsignor James Shea said in a press release.

According to the University, in accepting the position, “[O’Meara] believes this provides an exciting opportunity to help the university expand her traditional role of leavening faith, culture and education in North Dakota and the surrounding region.”

O’Meara is the founder and president of the financial advisory firm O’Meara, Ferguson, Whelan, and Conway whose clients include one-fifth of Catholic dioceses in the nation as well as a number of religious institutions and universities. Currently he serves as the Pontifical Overseer of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

The University of Mary is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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