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New President at the College of St. Scholastica

Created: February 11, 2020 12:24 PM

A very exciting day at the College of St. Scholastica on Monday as CSS inaugurated it's new president.  Dr. Barbara McDonald has now officially become the 13th president of St. Scholastica in it's 108 year history.

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Faculty, students and community leaders attended Monday's ceremony, which was steeped in Catholic Benedictine tradition. Music filled the arena space, between eloquent speeches and stories reminding all of the rich history and contributions the College of St. Scholastica has made. The executive director of College Communications, Bob Ashenmacher told WDIO News they feel so furtunate to have Dr. McDonald at the helm.

"She brings a tremendous amount of experience to the College in both public and private higher education," Ashenmacher said. "She and her family have lived all over the world and been involved in education for many years. So she's bringing just a lot of gifts and we're just very, very excited today."

Dr. McDonald has 22 years of experience in higher education in the state. What also made her stand out, is her deep understanding of Northeastern Minnesota, having had educational leadership roles in Grand Rapids and International Falls.

She talked about her lifelong passion for education that was instilled in her from an early age by her family and teachers. She worked abroad for many years in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

"I am humbled to be chosen as your 13th president entrusted with the responsibility of moving this remarkable institution into a new decade of leading and learning." Dr. McDonald said.

Dr. McDonald was officially installed by Christopher Dolan, a 2001 graduate and current chairman of the College's Board of Trustees. She assumed the duties of president of St. Scholastica on Aug. 5, 2019.  McDonald succeeded President Colette Geary, who announced her retirement in January 2019.

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