January 8th, 2014
Fr. Mackin to Step Down as Mount President After 6 Years
Fr. Kevin Mackin
NEWBURGH – Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, the fifth president of Mount Saint Mary College, will be stepping down after the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year.
He will have served as president of the college for six years, and as a Franciscan friar, professor, and executive for more than 50 years, including 11 years as president of Siena College where he holds the title of president emeritus.
Fr. Mackin, who said his plans include addressing health issues, has guided Mount Saint Mary College during a time of seismic changes in regional and national economies and priorities.
“I have had great joy serving at the Mount,” said the esteemed educator, who will be 76 next year. “As we culminate our first ever strategic plan, I’ve given this transition much thought. I pray that the administrators, faculty, staff and students, along with the Board of Trustees, are poised for a new planning process to address the ever changing world of higher education.”
“Fr. Kevin has served with great distinction,” said Dr. Albert J. Gruner, chairman of the board for the college. “He led the Mount in its first five-year strategic plan, hired faculty strategically, and improved institutional practice, while also doubling applications for enrollment and expanding our academic offerings.”
Since 2008, Mount Saint Mary College achieved specialized accreditation for its academic business programs, a fully online RN to BS degree program, an interdisciplinary major in technology and digital media, and a new sports management concentration.
Fr. Mackin praised the efforts of longtime Mount Saint Mary College supporter William Kaplan for his work on the campus and at the Newburgh Armory. He also commended the faculty, staff and students step up in providing active educational services at the facility.
Fr. Mackin’s idea of encouraging community service among the student-athletes is now distinguished as the “Knights in the Community.”
Under Fr. Mackin’s direction, the college purchased the Dominican Center, and launched “A Call to Excellence: The Campaign for the Dominican Center” in 2012, to raise $10 million for the transformation to a new, truly state-of-the-art library and living-learning environment.
“Students and faculty/staff are absolutely thrilled with the opportunity the Dominican Center presents,” said Fr. Mackin, “and Cardinal Dolan has arranged to dedicate the building next year.”
The college will be doing a national search for a president.