Mount St. Joseph University

CFO Anne Marie Wagner Announces Retirement from the Mount


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With her signature grace and tenacity, Anne Marie accepted many roles at Mount St. Joseph University, first as a student in the 1960s, followed by more than two decades of leadership in her role as CFO. She considers it an honor to have served the Mount community, the Sisters of Charity, and most recently, President H. James Williams, Ph.D.

Over the years, Anne Marie has adapted to changes in leadership under five Mount presidents. During that time she managed the financial complexities of three payroll systems and more than five capital campaigns. She logged time in more than 100 meetings and retreats with members of the Board of Trustees, at least 280 Board Committee meetings, and more than 1,000 sessions as a member of the President’s Cabinet. Anne Marie also dedicated her time and talents to numerous nonprofits, including serving as chair of the financial committee for the DePaul Cristo Rey High School feasibility study.

The Mount experienced tremendous changes while Anne Marie was CFO, including the expansion of the campus from 75 to 92+ acres. From 2003 to 2006, six major construction projects were completed—all on time and under budget. All of these monumental efforts, which included the Sports Complex, Midland Plaza, Schueler Field, the parking garage, and renovations to Seton Center, stimulated enrollment growth and built awareness while garnering the positive attention of alumni, business leaders, and loyal Mount supporters.

Many have recognized Anne Marie’s accomplishments. In 1996 she received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the Mount’s Alumni Association, and in 2007 she was recognized with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award from the Sisters of Charity. The Cincinnati Business Courier selected Anne Marie as a Finalist in the Small Nonprofits category during the 2009 CFO of the Year Awards.

According to Dr. Williams, “Anne Marie’s leadership, expertise, and earnest dedication to the Mount will certainly be missed. She was at the center of so many changes, some of which were exciting while others were difficult. These and all of Anne Marie’s contributions were instrumental in the consistent financial viability of the Mount.”

Anne Marie’s decision to retire is bittersweet. She is excited about the future; her next adventure.

“I am proud of the part I was able to play in the Mount’s history. My motivation was knowing that so many people believed in me and my ability to make prudent decisions that helped to sustain the Mount and the Mount’s mission.” Anne Marie said. “A true gift is to be able to choose when one wants to retire. I have been blessed.”

Anne Marie’s last official day at the Mount will be December 31, 2017.