On Mar. 28, an email to the Mount St. Mary’s University community from Acting President Karl Einolf announced that Ken McVearry would assume the permanent position of Dean of Students.
Having served as Interim Dean since August, McVearry will continue to work with the student affairs offices of Lower McGowan, including the Center for Student Diversity, CRUX, AMP, the Office of Social Justice, Residence Life and Counseling and Health Services.
“I never set a career objective to become Dean,” McVearry said. “I took the interim position from a simple desire to provide some stability for the division of student affairs when [former] Dean [Michael] Taberski moved on. Once I got into it, I realized that I truly enjoyed it. The two things I enjoy most thus far are 1) the incredible and dedicated people I get to work with and call my colleagues or our students, and 2) the fact that there is never a boring day in this job.”
McVearry has been at the Mount since 2004. Prior to his time as the interim dean, McVearry founded the CRUX office. He moved into Campus Activities in 2009 where he played a large role in reinventing the office and establishing AMP. He has served as Assistant Dean of Students for the past few years, a role that included oversight of multiple programming offices.
He plans to formalize more specific goals for the Mount’s future, but is already working on revising the student code of conduct. He would like to revitalize Residence Life operations in order to improve the student environment at the Mount.
He will work closely with Michael Post, who has recently been moved to the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Post will directly oversee Campus Recreation, Campus Ministry, Career Services and Public Safety.
“These appointments will further bolster our long-standing efforts to provide our students with an excellent experience, both personally and academically, during their time at the Mount,” Einolf said.
McVearry expressed his enthusiasm for overcoming all challenges the future might bring, and said he plans to move forward into the place that he knows the Mount can and will become.
“I am very excited to see where we develop as a division and university going into next year in terms of programming opportunities, which I believe will encourage students to be excited and proud of their school,” McVearry said.
McVearry also wants to work closely with Public Safety to ensure that all students have a safe and supportive environment “grounded in both consistency and genuine concern for the students we serve.”
McVearry is excited to move forward with this position, and hopes to restore a “sense of pride in the Mount experience after a difficult year.”
As advice to students, McVearry said, “stop wanting to be more involved and get involved! This is your college experience, so make it a great one and don’t wait for things to come to you!”