President Mackin appoints Mary Dana Hinton as Mount VP for Academic Affairs

June 10, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

Mary HintonFr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College, announced that Mary Dana Hinton, PhD, has been named vice president for academic affairs.

Hinton, who has served the Mount since 2011 as vice president for strategic planning, replaces Iris Turkenkopf, PhD, who is stepping down this month after 39 years at the college.

“It is important to have an effective and strategic academic affairs leader,” said Fr. Mackin, “and even more so when prior leaders had such a long presence. Mary Hinton has focused us on new ways to pursue planning and institutional effectiveness across the board. She’s held workshops and also informal events which have engaged faculty and staff. I am pleased Dr. Hinton has agreed to serve the college as vice president for academic affairs during this time of great progress.”

During her two years at Mount Saint Mary College, Hinton has overseen strategic planning, academic assessment, institutional research, and retention efforts.

She has guided the development of the Center for Student Success, focused on college-wide retention efforts including academic coaching, advising, developmental courses, tutoring, and the Higher Education Opportunity Program.

She works with all accreditation requirements, and was instrumental in developing an assessment process with the academic business division to garner specialized accreditation of the Mount’s business programs from the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

Prior to serving at Mount Saint Mary College, Hinton was at Misericordia University where she held several roles including associate VP of academic affairs and chief planning and diversity officer, and assistant professor in religious studies. She was responsible for all academic assessment efforts working with three deans and the faculty; oversaw the core curriculum; managed Student Success Center staff; engaged in a strategic planning process; and managed direct reports focused on diversity and inclusive excellence.

Hinton has taught in the graduate programs at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry and in the University of Pennsylvania Executive Doctorate in Higher Education program. She serves on several national boards including the Association for General and Liberal Studies; the Religious Education Association; and is the regionally elected coordinator of the American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Region, where she has also served as president.

In addition to having taught college level courses, maintaining an active research agenda, and publishing articles, she also has experience in identifying and replicating successful practices in public education, and in delivering entrepreneurial training curriculum.

Hinton, from Milford, PA, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Williams College in Williamstown, MA, her master’s in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, and a PhD in Religion and Religious Education with High Honors from Fordham University.

She was recommended by a search committee after a thorough process, including advertisement, assessing letters and resumes, selection for telephone interviews, and choosing five candidates – including Hinton – for on-campus meetings.

“Clearly, Dr. Hinton has a stellar resume,” said Fr. Mackin, “with leadership in the strategic academic setting across the board, and in the liberal arts environment Mount Saint Mary College wants to provide for our students.”