Position Overview

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The Board of Trustees of Mount Saint Mary College has announced the search for its next President and invites nominations and expressions of interest for the position.

Mount Saint Mary College is an independent, coeducational institution in the Catholic and Dominican traditions committed to providing students with a liberal arts education to prepare them for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1959 by the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, their four Pillars – study, community, service, and spirituality – continue to be a blueprint for the Mount’s success. 

Today, approximately 1,650 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students attend the Mount’s traditional and non-traditional academic offerings across the liberal arts and sciences as well as professional and pre-professional programs. The Mount’s mission “to create an environment which fosters close student-faculty interaction that enables students to reach their full potential as lifelong learners” ensures a transformational educational experience for its students and a commitment to the care of the whole person for every member of the Mount community.

The Mount’s visibly stunning and bucolic 60-acre campus overlooks the Hudson River in Newburgh, New York — a historic river city at the center of the Hudson Valley – less than an hour north of New York City and in very close proximity to Stewart International Airport. The Mount community is actively engaged in the City of Newburgh and, as the only four-year college in Orange County, an important presence in the region.

The President is Mount Saint Mary College’s chief executive officer and the chief ambassador of the College, reporting to the Board of Trustees. With a commitment to the process of shared governance, the President is responsible for strategic planning and management of the academic, personnel, fiscal, and student life policies and operations of the College. The President and the Board of Trustees advance the interests of Mount Saint Mary College by staying true to the College’s Catholic and Dominican mission and working effectively with faculty, administration and staff, students, alumni, local and regional community leaders, and donors. The new President will both honor the College’s traditions while also reinvigorating Mount Saint Mary College and renewing it to a position of visibility and strength in the Hudson Valley region and in the broader higher education landscape. 

The Mount’s next President will embrace its mission to educate students with a curriculum based in the liberal arts and sciences and shaped by strong ethical values, while providing career preparation and co-curricular programming that meet the expectations of today’s students. The President will share a commitment to justice, service, and Dominican values. Critical to the President’s success is a visible presence on the campus and in the community as a leader who exemplifies the College’s four pillars of Dominican life. The President should embody Mount Saint Mary College’s aspiration to “Be the Spark” in making a positive difference in the world.

Candidates are encouraged to review the search profile, which can be accessed in the link above.

Nominations and Applications

All application materials should be submitted through the AGB Search portal system accessible via this link by January 29, 2024 for best consideration. Confidential nominations and expressions of interest are encouraged and should be directed to or to the AGB search consultants listed below.

Melissa Trotta, Ed.D.
Associate Managing Principal / 202-380-8927

Mr. Matthew J. Kilcoyne
Principal / 202-253-9846

Dawn Overstreet, Ph.D.
Executive Search Consultant / 617-817-6466

The college is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to diversifying its faculty and staff. Mount Saint Mary College does not discriminate in its employment, operations, programs, and services on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.