Saint Mary’s College President Sets Vision For Future

President James A. Donahue, a theologian who is the first lay president of Saint Mary’s College of California, launched a comprehensive strategic planning process to position the college around a vital future of intellectual vibrancy, financial strength and innovation. Through a leadership driven, yet highly inclusive and collaborative process, this plan will integrate other major initiatives, such as academic blueprint, master planning and its marketing and branding program. These activities when linked together will not only provide a runway for accelerated outcomes, but also for market distinction and growth.

As the first non-Christian Brother to lead Saint Mary’s in 150 years, Donahue described his vision for the liberal arts college in his inaugural address in October 2013 – a college that “illuminates the landscape of higher education.” The San Francisco Bay Area institution is one of only 40 liberal arts colleges in the nation with the distinction of “Colleges That Change Lives.” Donahue is the former president of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and previously was vice president of student affairs at Georgetown University.
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