Mount Relaunches Presidential Search

Mount St. Mary’s is once again looking for a new president to replace Thomas H. Powell, who has served as the head of the university for more than a decade.


Board of trustees member Francis W. Daily, C’68, is chairing the 15-member search committee, which includes trustees, faculty, administration, staff, students and alumni.

“I am honored to serve as the chair as we search for our 25th president,” Daily said. “The team assembled is impressive and I look forward to working with them.”


An unsuccessful search for a new president began last year after Powell announced his resignation. Powell agreed to stay at the helm for two years while the Mount continued to look for his successor.

The search committee held its first meeting Aug. 7 at the Mount’s Frederick Campus and developed a search prospectus that will be shared with all interested candidates and nominees.

According to the prospectus, the next president will “be a transformative leader with an entrepreneurial spirit of impeccable integrity, high energy, good humor, exceptional public speaking and communication skills, and financial acumen.”

In addition to significant and successful leadership at the senior levels of administration, key areas of emphasis for the next president include: providing strategic leadership and vision; identifying new sources of revenue to support the Mount’s mission; nurturing and protecting the Mount’s strong Catholic identity; exercising fiscal leadership, a demonstration of superior communications skills; and providing academic leadership.

Applications for the president’s post must be submitted by Sept. 30. The search committee expects to conduct neutral site interviews in Baltimore in late October, plans to invite finalists to campus in mid- to late-November, and hopes to conclude an appointment by early December. The successful candidate would assume office no later than July 1, 2015.

The Washington, D.C. based firm, Academic Search, is assisting the Mount in the national search — with Dr. Jacqueline Doud and Ms. Maya Kirkhope serving as lead consultants.

For a listing of the committee members and updates on the search, visit


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