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University President Thomas H. Powell Stepping Down After 11 Years

Emmitsburg, Maryland — Mount St. Mary’s University President Thomas H. Powell announced today that he is stepping down, effective with the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year.

In a letter to the Mount community, President Powell said: “As I finish 10 years as the President of Mount St. Mary’s University, I have spent considerable time reflecting on my work with you and the future of our University. Like any position, the presidency of a university goes through seasons of beginning, developing, and ending, and then beginning again. It is clear to me that the season of change is here. As a university, we are in a good place to welcome a new President to take the helm and continue moving our beloved Mount forward.”

President Powell was appointed the Mount’s 24th President in 2003. During his tenure, Mount St. Mary’s University experienced unprecedented growth and success. In recent years, the University achieved record-breaking student enrollment, an extensive renovation of the historic Terrace Residence Halls and the Delaplaine Fine Arts Center, along with the construction of the new Bicentennial Residence Hall.

In 2008, the University celebrated its Bicentennial and recently completed the Generations capital campaign, the largest campaign in its history.

President Powell led the institution’s designation change from college to university status, as well as an academic re-organization. The Mount continues to grow its undergraduate and graduate programs, and the Veritas Program common curriculum and Institute for Leadership are recognized as national models in liberal arts education.

“The Board of Trustees is unanimous in its support and admiration of President Powell and all he has accomplished,” said Board of Trustees Chairman Eugene M. Waldron, Jr. “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.”

A comprehensive national search will begin in June for the Mount’s 25th President, led by Trustee Scott Wilfong and a search committee made up of trustees, faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni.

“The 2013-14 academic year promises to be busy and productive as we continue several critical campus projects, prepare for University and Seminary national accreditations, and continue the many objectives outlined in our new strategic plan,” said President Powell. “Our next President will see a campus actively engaged in developing and implementing programs to enhance the national reputation of the Mount.”

Founded in 1808, Mount St. Mary’s University is the nation’s second oldest Catholic university. The Mount is rated in the top 25 Catholic universities in America as one of the most “Faithful and Affordable.”

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