“We want to serve the students,” said Molly Mahoney Matthews, the new chair of the Board of Trustees who starts Oct. 8, 2010.
She is excited about her new role as the chair and the possibilities for the college under President Dr. Joseph Urgo’s leadership.
Mahoney Matthews is responsible for heading the Board of Trustees as they create policy and manage St. Mary’s alongside the President. She is second woman in the history of St. Mary’s to serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
This year she says the Board has plans to examine the college’s Strategic Plan so that the school can continue to grow and expand.
The Board plans to focus on improving the diversity of St. Mary’s. She hopes for the Board itself to reflect the diversity of the student body.
Although she was not specific as to the types of programs that they hope to institute, another goal was to attract a wider range of faculty and students to the college and implement initiatives based around multiculturalism.
She feels that Urgo is a “wonderful choice” and a “great fit” for the college and she is enthusiastic about his vision for the school. The Board has plans to celebrate his presidency in order to welcome and support him.
One plan that Matthews has is to interact much more with the students. She said, “I’m eager to spend more time with students” and hear student presentations.
The student trustee, Senior Danny Ruthenburg-Marshall, is one conduit connecting the student body to the Board, who Matthews pressed as one way to connect to the Board.
The Board of Trustees, under the leadership of Matthews who joined the board in 2002, will be working to govern the school until the next chair is voted upon next year.
“I really admire the people on the Board of Trustees,” said Matthews. “We do this because we have a passion for the kids and deep respect for the college.”