June 10, 2013
Fr. 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
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
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
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.”