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Timothy Trainor Inaugurated as Mount St. Mary’s 26th President

Communications Staff

Mount St. Mary’s University celebrated the inauguration of its 26th president, Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., on October 23. More than 1,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and distinguished guests gathered in Knott Arena, PNC Sports Complex for the installation ceremony and Trainor's inaugural address, which focused on the theme of preparing students to lead lives of significance.

kane-trainor-mcdermott.jpegTrainor, who served as dean and chief academic officer at the U.S. Military Academy before coming to Mount St. Mary’s in August 2016, recalled one of his favorite sayings used at West Point and shared his belief that it also applies to the Mount, founded in 1808: “Much of history we teach, was made by those we taught.” Mount alumni have established Catholic colleges such as Fordham University and St. John’s University; Mount St. Mary’s Seminary is known as the “Cradle of Bishops”; Blessed Fr. Stanley Rother, S’63, was beatified last month as the first U.S.-born martyr; Dr. Bill Magee Jr., C’66, founded Operation Smile; and Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, C’12, is the first African-American woman to earn a residency in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

trainor-giving-address.jpegTrainor broadcasted the message that Mount St. Mary’s is poised to build on that proud history. “The most significant history regarding the Mount is yet to be written; it will be that created by our current and future students and seminarians. And we will prepare them to do so by carrying out our new mission statement,” Trainor said. The mission statement, approved by the Board of Trustees earlier this month as part of a strategic plan, states: “As a Catholic university, Mount St. Mary’s graduates ethical leaders who are inspired by a passion for learning and lead lives of significance in service to God.”

The Mount will develop students “to be the ethical leaders of tomorrow, something our nation and world needs now. They will be ready to make a difference in the world, to boldly living significantly,” Trainor said.

Over the past 14 months, Trainor has focused the Mount St. Mary’s community on keeping students at the center of everything the university does and developing the new strategic plan centered on priorities of student success, having a faith- and values-based campus environment and financial sustainability and stewardship. He has also overseen a 24 percent increase in enrollment over last year, with 525 freshmen attending classes this fall. Trainor also is entering the quiet phase of a capital campaign, Forward! Together As One, and secured a $1 million donation to create the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship.

The university has introduced three academic programs (cybersecurity, politics/philosophy/economics and forensic accounting); signed articulation agreements in cybersecurity and biology with Frederick Community College; and marked the awarding of Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grants to three recent graduates. New Division I athletic teams will begin competing in 2018, including men’s soccer, women’s bowling and men’s and women’s golf, and women’s rugby took the field this fall.

trainor-with-students.jpeg“Our faculty and staff are motivated to help our students become the best version of themselves and prepare them to lead lives of significance in service to God and others,” Trainor said. “The Mount is an exciting place to be, and we are poised to create the success stories that will become the next 200 years of our history.”

In presiding over the investiture ceremony, Mount St. Mary’s Board Chair Mary Kane, C’84, expressed enthusiasm about the Mount’s future under President Trainor’s leadership. “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am thrilled to celebrate the formal installation of Dr. Timothy Trainor as president. Over the past year, Dr. Trainor has harnessed the energy of all of those who love the Mount to build remarkable forward momentum for the university. His leadership is focused on preparing our students to lead lives of significance. With Dr. Trainor as our president, we will implement our strategic plan to continue our long history of Mount St. Mary's University educating ethical leaders to serve God and others."

cross-medal-and-mace.jpegTrainor was presented with three artifacts representing his office: a crucifix Pope Pius VI gave to founder Father John DuBois; the mace, a traditional academic symbol created for the Mount’s 1908 centennial; and the silver medallion designed for the university’s 175th anniversary in 1983. Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, a 1977 graduate of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, blessed the objects as they were presented to Trainor. Archbishop Lori called the day “a very happy and very blessed occasion for Mount St. Mary’s University and Seminary.”

Among those delivering messages of welcome during the ceremony to Trainor and his wife, Donna Brazil, Ph.D., was Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Faculty Patricia Kreke, Ph.D. “We’ve been lucky to have President Trainor on our campus for over a year, so we know that we’re getting a caring, organized, and thoughtful man in this important role,” Kreke stated. “He spent a year getting to know our campus community, our traditions, what we hold important, and what we hope for in the future. I think I can speak for the faculty in saying that we welcome Dr. Trainor as our president and colleague, and we look forward to working with him for many years.”

inauguration-ceremony.jpegOthers presenting greetings were R. James Nicholson, former U.S. secretary of veterans affairs and former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, on behalf of the United States; Maryland State Senator Ronald Young on behalf of the state of Maryland; Frederick County Council President Bud Otis and Emmitsburg Mayor Donald N. Briggs on behalf of Frederick County; Maryland Secretary of Higher Education James D. Fielding Jr., Ph.D., on behalf of the Maryland Higher Education Commission; Hood College President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., and Col. Robert Kewley, chair of the Department of Systems Engineering at U.S. Military Academy, West Point on behalf of the academic community.

Additional remarks were delivered by:

  • McDaniel College President Robert N. Casey, Ph.D., board chair of Maryland Independent College and University Association;
  • Sr. Teresa George, D.C. of Daughters of Charity Ministries, Inc.;
  • Northeast Conference Commissioner Noreen Morris;
  • Edward M. Caruso Jr., C’86, president of the National Alumni Association Board of Trustees;
  • William A. Bales, Ph.D., chair of the Seminary Faculty Affairs Committee and associate professor of sacred scripture;
  • Karlie A. Herbert, chair of the Administrative Affairs Committee and director of web communications and interactive media; and
  • Naomi K. Frederick Ruth, chair of the Staff Affairs Committee and administrative assistant in the department of English.


Presenting gifts were Patrick T. Fitzgerald, C’18, on behalf of undergraduate students, Rev. Benjamin J. Dunkelberger, S’18, on behalf of seminarians and Alexandra E. Albright, MAT’19, on behalf of graduate students.

Also in attendance was former Mount St. Mary’s President Thomas H. Powell (2003-15) and his wife Irene. In addition, nearly 40 colleges, universities, ministries and learned and professional societies sent delegates to the inauguration. Of them, six are presidents of their institutions, including Roger N. Casey, McDaniel College; Barbara Mistick, Wilson College; Andrea Chapdelaine, Hood College; Karl W. Einolf, Indiana Institute of Technology; Elizabeth Burmaster, Frederick Community College; and Marianne Mount, Catholic Distance University.

Before concluding the inauguration ceremony with the Mount’s Alma Mater, the Quadrivium Brass and University Chorale sang the Alma Mater of West Point, from which Trainor, his wife and two of their children, Cory and Danny, graduated. The Trainors’ son Zack, who currently is a senior at West Point, attended the inauguration. Danny and Cory are currently in Puerto Rico helping with hurricane relief efforts.

The day’s events began with an inauguration Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated by Archbishop of Baltimore Lori. Rev. Matthew P. Pawlikowski, COL, chaplain of the United States Military Academy at West Point, delivered the homily, urging the packed congregation to be warriors for Christ and praising Mount St. Mary’s for developing soldiers to counter a culture war that pits faith against reason.

Priests of the board of trustees, faculty and alumni served as concelebrants, including Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, S.T.L.; Rev. Msgr. Andrew R. Baker, S.T.D., vice president and rector of the Seminary; Rev. Msgr. John J. Enzler, S’73; Rev. J. Kevin Farmer, C’87; Rev. Vincent J. O’Malley, C.M.; Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Mullelly, S’74; and Rev. Brian P. Nolan, S’01, chaplain and director of campus ministry. The Quadrivum Brass, Mount St. Mary’s University Chapel Choir and Mount Seminary Schola offered their musical gifts. The mass concluded with the hymn “Immaculate Mary.”

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