Mount St. Joseph University

From the President

Mount News: alumni magazine

Head shot of Tony Aretz


After many months of discussion, reflection and prayer, I am excited to announce the Mount’s newest journey. Effective July 1 2014, we will officially become Mount St. Joseph University.

The designation change to university acknowledges our existing graduate programs for masters and doctorate degrees and enables us to expand our academic graduate offerings even further, as well as implement online programs. By 2020, the Mount will be nationally recognized as a top value university by engaging students in individual journeys leading to the achievement of their personal and professional goals.

Our Vision2020 Strategic Plan offers the foundation for our exciting venture and ensures we will help students reach their full potential. Our new Talent Opportunity Program (TOP) is the Mount’s commitment to ensuring our graduates are well prepared for the job market. The program includes additional,
customized resources at no additional cost if graduates have not secured professional employment six months after graduation.

This issue of Mount News also showcases an exciting collection of individual journeys, near and far. Enjoy reading about Bernadette Coutain Plair ’67, who worked and traveled for years to Trinidad to reintroduce the Blue-and-Gold Macaw to its native habitat. The story on page six illustrates the destinations of alumni who have taken paths to heal the wounded and rebuild homes. You can also read about the incredible impact of veterans in Mount classrooms and beyond.

We proudly welcomed more than 300 new freshmen this fall. They, and others returning to campus, have been delighted to discover the recent campus renovations – totaling more than $3 million – including the west wing of the residence hall and a brand new lobby in Seton Center, bursting with blue and gold.

I invite you to make a trip to the Mount, to witness and feel the change that is underway. If you are a prospective student, you can schedule a campus visit or contact an admission counselor online, anytime. And alumni, you are always welcome home.

Blessings to all,

Tony Aretz, Ph.D.