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About St. Mary's: Presidential Search

Announcement of New President


Dear Campus Community,

It is my great pleasure to announce that Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan will be the next president of St. Mary's College of Maryland. Dr. Jordan was the unanimous choice of the trustees who met on Saturday, March 15 to make the final decision.

A strong pool of candidates applied and the search committee selected three accomplished, qualified and very distinctive finalists. I want to thank the Presidential Search Committee, the Presidential Search Planning Group, Dr. Kate Haley of Witt/Kieffer and everyone who worked to make the campus visits a successful introduction to St. Mary's College.

In addition, I want to offer a special word of thanks to Dr. Ian Newbould for his service as our interim president during the 2013-2014 academic year. His warmth, humor and strategic experience have been invaluable. Because of Ian's leadership over the past year, our next president will be well-positioned to move St. Mary's College forward.

In Dr. Jordan, the Board saw an individual with exemplary academic credentials, strong leadership skills, demonstrated fundraising and program development accomplishments, and a compelling personal story that resonates with the St. Mary's College mission and our values.

The press release announcing Dr. Jordan's appointment is attached for your information.

Dr. Jordan will return to St. Mary's during the week of March 24; her schedule will be announced later this week. She plans to attend the May Board of Trustees meeting/Commencement weekend and Reunion Weekend in June. Her appointment will officially begin on July 1.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan and her husband, Eric Heatley, home to Maryland.

Warm regards,

Gail Harmon, Chair
Presidential Search Committee
St. Mary's College of Maryland

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