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Mount St. Mary’s University Elevates Dean of Students to Cabinet Level

Ken McVearryEMMITSBURG, Md. (December 22, 2017) – Mount St. Mary’s University President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., announced that Dean of Students Ken McVearry is being elevated to a cabinet-level position, effective January 1, 2018. The decision recognizes that student success is a key priority of the Mount’s new five-year strategic plan and allows depth to be added to student affairs in support of student development and retention.

McVearry came to the Mount in 2004 to start the Outdoor Adventures program and was promoted in 2009 to assistant dean of students. He became interim dean of students and director of residence life in August 2015 and assumed the position on a permanent basis in April 2016.

“I am confident that Ken has the leadership qualities and experience to successfully lead this very important function,” said Trainor. “This decision integrates Student Affairs with other key university functions and reaffirms the success of our current programming.”

“I am excited to work with other cabinet officers, my staff team and others on campus to ensure that Mount students succeed,” McVearry said. “I believe the combination of the Mount’s values and Catholic history, along with our excellent faculty and strong support systems, will guide students to a lifetime of success.”

Prior to joining the Mount’s staff, McVearry served as assistant director of recreational sports/outdoor adventures at Loyola College in Maryland. He is a member of the American Student Government Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

The strategic plan, approved by the Mount’s board of trustees in October 2017, is built around strategic priorities of student success, a faith- and values-based campus environment, and financial sustainability and stewardship. The plan includes a new mission statement: “As a Catholic university, Mount St. Mary’s graduates ethical leaders who are inspired by a passion for learning and lead lives of significance in service to God and others.”

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