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Changes in Leadership Approved by the Board of Trustees

Mount St. Mary’s University Changes in Leadership Approved by the Board of Trustees

Mary KaneMount St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees has named Mary Kane, C’84, as the first female chair of the Board at a historic meeting on March 14, effective immediately. The board also extended the term of acting president Karl Einolf through the end of June 2016.

“Leading the board during this historic moment in the Mount’s history is an honor,” said Chair Mary Kane. “I have maintained my involvement with my alma mater, because I want current and future generations of students to experience what makes the Mount so special. Though I have traveled much, the Mount is my home. Its faith-filled campus and mission to educate our future leaders in the Catholic tradition inspires me. I look forward to providing guidance to maximize the Mount’s strong future and implement Mount 2.0.”

The board’s unanimous vote naming Kane as chair comes after John Coyne, C’77, concluded his appointment as board chairman. He became chair in February, 2014 and his term was scheduled to expire in October. “On behalf of the entire Mount community, I want to thank Chairman Coyne for his near decade of leadership and contributions to the Mount’s past, present and future,” Kane said.

“As my term as chair is nearing an end, I felt that stepping aside now would ensure a seamless transition to naming an interim president. It’s important for a new president to have a chair of the board at their side, not only at the outset of the process but throughout the entire transition period,” said Coyne.

Kane graduated from the Mount in 1984 where she majored in business and finance. She earned her law degree from Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. Presently Kane is president and CEO of Sister Cities International, where she leads the membership, youth education, development, and advocacy programs to strengthen the Sister City network around the world.

Prior to joining Sister Cities International, Kane was an Executive Director with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for identifying and building business partnerships and strategic alliances for the Chamber. Before joining the Chamber, Kane was the Secretary of State of Maryland and a former assistant state’s attorney. Kane serves on several boards, including Suburban Hospital – a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

In addition to the board chair transition, the board extended the duration of Karl Einolf’s position as acting president through the end of the current fiscal year. Dr. Einolf, the dean of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business, was originally named acting president by the board on February 29.

The board of trustees’ next step in its presidential transition plan will include the selection of an interim president for the 2016-2017 academic year. The selection and announcement will occur in the coming months in accordance with the governing documents of the university.

Until an interim is named, Dr. Einolf pledges his commitment to serving as acting president and says, “Over the next few months we will continue our current efforts with Mount 2.0 and continue moving the Mount Community forward.”

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