News Release

Dr. Anne Carson Daly Appointed Next President of Mount Saint Mary College

June 04, 2014
Newburgh -

For Immediate Release

NEWBURGH, N.Y., June 2014 -- Mount Saint Mary College's Board of Trustees on Tuesday (May 27) unanimously selected Dr. Anne Carson Daly to be the College's next president, effective July 14, 2014. Daly will be the Mount's sixth president, succeeding Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, STD, who will step down June 30.

Dr. Albert J. Gruner, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and former Chairman of Ulster Savings Bank, heralded her appointment. "Dr. Daly has proven herself an outstanding leader and manager throughout her impressive careers in academia, government, and business. Her strong academic credentials will build on the College’s legacy of excellence, while honoring our Catholic and Dominican traditions.”

In accepting the appointment, Dr. Daly praised Mount Saint Mary College as an invaluable asset for New York, as an educational institution. "The Mount students excel in business, education, the health professions, media, and the social sciences. I look forward to working with the faculty and all members of the campus community to build on the College’s impressive history and achievements."

Dr. Daly most recently served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina since 2007. In that capacity, she led more than 160 full- and part-time faculty; oversaw the educational program of almost 1,700 students, supervised more than 50 majors, minors, and concentrations; and managed the staff, budgets, and programs of all academic departments. Dr. Daly raised funds for the Thomas More Scholars, the Honors Institute, faculty development, and the Music Program; oversaw expansion to three campuses; supervised a nearly 40 percent increase in enrollment in the Adult Degree Program; helped to lead the College through its 10-year re-accreditation; completed the college-wide revision of core curriculum in 10 months; restructured all majors in one year; revitalized the First Year Symposium, hired its first Director; and led the committee that created a new Mission Statement for the College.

Dr. Daly earned her BA in English and History from Mount Holyoke College and her MA and PhD in English Literature from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught at Johns Hopkins, the University of Notre Dame, and Georgetown University.

During part of the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations, Dr. Daly served as the second-in-command at the National Advisory Council on Educational Research and Improvement which advised the President, the Congress, and the Secretary of Education on educational matters nationwide. From 1994-2000, at Pfizer, Inc., the world's largest pharmaceutical company, Dr. Daly supervised Policy Communications on five continents. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she co-translated a major work on the founding of the Jesuits from French to English, and has penned more than 80 articles and reviews on a wide array of topics, including literature, religion, architecture, education, and business. She has also given more than 100 lectures throughout the United States and Europe.


For more information, please contact:
Cathleen Kenny
Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer


Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550 |

Mount Saint Mary College, founded by the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh in 1959, is 60 miles north of New York City, overlooking the Hudson River and Valley. With 2,600 students pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees on its beautiful 60-acre campus, the College prepares students for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communication/media and more.