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University Leadership

The original charter for Mount St. Mary's College was granted on February 27, 1830, as an Act for founding a college and seminary of learning near Emmitsburg in Frederick County. It was founded to be “continued forever upon a most liberal plan, for the benefit of youth of every religious denomination, who shall be admitted to equal privileges and advantages of education, and to all the literary honors of the College . . .” and “. . . for the general advancement of useful knowledge, science, and virtue.”

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Board of Trustees

The Mount assumed its present system of governance in 1968, when a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees replaced the governing Priests’ Council. The Board was vested with corporate ownership of the Mount, and comprises both lay and clerical membership. In 2004 the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to change the designation from Mount Saint Mary’s College and Seminary to Mount St. Mary’s University, Inc.

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the MSMU presidential medal

In the fall of 2016 President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. joined the Mount as chief executive officer of the university.

The Office of the President

University Cabinet

The University Cabinet is composed of senior level administrators who advise the president and oversee various university operations. Although these individuals directly report to the president, they serve together with the president, trustees and academic leadership to develop and implement strategic plans.

Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D.

Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D.


Kraig Sheetz, Ph.D.

Kraig E. Sheetz, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President

Boyd Creasman, Ph.D.

Boyd Creasman, Ph.D.


William E. Davies, CPA

William E. Davies, CPA

Vice President for Business and Finance

Levi Esses

Levi Esses, Ed.D.

Vice President and Dean of Students

Levi Esses 5/11
Jack Chielli

Jack Chielli

Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications

Paula M. Whetsel-Ribeau, Ph.D.

Paula M. Whetsel-Ribeau, Ph.D.

Vice President for Equity and Success

Msgr. Andrew R. Baker, S.T.D.

Msgr. Andrew R. Baker, S.T.D.

Vice President and Seminary Rector

Robert J. Brennan

Robert J. Brennan

Vice President for University Advancement

Lynne Robinson

Lynne Robinson

Director of Athletics

Rev. Martin Moran

Rev. Martin Moran

University Chaplain


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2018-25 Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan is a living and dynamic document that serves as the framework and context for implementing our vision for the university in support of our mission. This plan provides a guide for our annual work and resource allocation, and serves as a basis for accountability.

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