Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland, S.T.D. Appointed President of Donnelly College
Kansas City, Kansas—The Board of Trustees of Donnelly College has announced the appointment of Monsignor Stuart Swetland, S.T.D., as the institution’s seventh president. Currently completing his tenure as the Vice President for Catholic Identity and Director of Pre-Theology at Mount St. Mary's University, where he has served since 2006, Msgr. Swetland will begin his position with Donnelly on July 1.
“I have prayed for the chance to lead a mission-focused college like Donnelly College,” said Msgr. Swetland of his new role. “This institution has a rich, storied history and has served as an anchor in the Kansas City community for 65 years. I’m honored to be a part of this continuing legacy and I look forward to working with faculty, staff and students to help elevate Donnelly to its fullest potential. We have exciting times ahead.”
Currently, Msgr. Swetland holds the Archbishop Flynn Chair of Christian Ethics at Mount St. Mary’s University, serves as the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education, is the Executive Secretary for the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, is a Knight Commander for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and is a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus. Additionally, Msgr. Swetland hosts the weekly television show Catholicism on Campus on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and co-hosts the daily show Go Ask Your Father on Relevant Radio.
“We are delighted to share in the excitement of Msgr. Swetland’s appointment as President of Donnelly College,” said Thomas H. Powell, President of Mount St. Mary’s University. “Our Mission Statement asserts that Catholicism is a driving force on our campus and that we are called to help our students mature spiritually regardless of their own faith perspective. Msgr. Swetland’s presence and ministry on our campus strengthened our commitment to help our students prepare to be responsible leaders who live by high moral and intellectual standards.”
Msgr. Swetland received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the United States Naval Academy, where he was first in his class academically. Elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1981, he entered the Catholic Church while studying at Oxford and was ordained a priest in 1991 for the Diocese of Peoria, IL.
He has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford; a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary; and earned his Sacred Theology Licentiate and Sacred Theology Doctorate from the Pontifical Lateran University. Msgr. Swetland was named a Prelate of Honor in 2000 by St. John Paul II.
Donnelly College is an independent, coeducational, Catholic institution founded by the Benedictine Sisters and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Donnelly was founded and sponsored as a joint venture between the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas.
The College was established in 1949 to meet the needs of urban immigrants and the working class, with special focus on “those who might not otherwise be served.” Donnelly serves as the region's only federally designated Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution.