Dr. Thomas H. Powell to Continue as President at Mount St. Mary’s University
The Mount St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees has re-appointed current President, Thomas H. Powell, to continue in his position for another two years.
“For more than 200 years, the Mount has cultivated a community of learners formed by faith, engaged in discovery, and empowered for leadership in the Church, the professions, and the world,” said John E. Coyne III, ’77, Chairman of the Board. “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.”
Dr. Powell was appointed President in 2003, and during his tenure, the Mount 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, and the expansion of the University’s Frederick campus. In 2008, the University celebrated its Bicentennial and recently completed the Generations capital campaign, the largest campaign in its history.
President Powell led the Mount’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.
“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,” said President Powell. “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,” said President Powell. “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.”
“During President Powell’s tenure, the Mount has experienced impressive growth in nearly every area,” Coyne said. “We are delighted with Dr. Powell’s decision to continue his work in leading the University to the next level, as it provides time to deepen our search for an extraordinary 25th President. “Working with his leadership team and the entire Mount community, the Board is confident the campus community will continue to expand the University’s forward momentum.”