First Day on the Job for President McDonald

Updated: August 05, 2019 07:06 PM

"I'm thrilled and so delighted to be starting as your 13th president," Dr. Barbara McDonald told members of the St. Scholastica campus. Monday was her first day. "I'm happy to be joining our family."


She walked through a hallway in the Science Center, which was lined with people holding welcome signs. She smiled, and waved to the smiling faces, and even gave Storm, the mascot, a hug.

"Duluth has been very welcoming to us," she shared. She and her husband bought a house close to campus, and have even joined the Co-op already.

McDonald said the Benedictine hospitality runs deep across the campus, which she witnessed herself on Friday as she stopped by the book store and her office. "The most special thing was meeting the students who work in facilities and maintenance, and looking at the gardens they are planting outside Tower Hall."

Chris Mueller, a member of the Presidential Transition Committee, said, "You could tell when she walked in, there was a lot of joy and energy in the room. We're really looking forward to her leadership. Obviously she comes with the perspective of being a former St. Scholastica student, and she's very invested in the college and its future."

McDonald retired on Friday from Minnesota State, which she served for 22 years. 

She told the crowd, "I'm looking forward to getting to know you, by holding listening sessions, to find out what's important to you, and what your hopes and dreams are. What are the opportunities and challenges, and how we can work together."

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