Annual Report 2012: Letter From Brother Ronald

Dear Saint Mary’s Community,

This year we honor the sesquicentennial of Saint Mary’s College of California — the Year of the Gael. In celebrating our 150th anniversary, we chose to focus on our diverse community of scholars, staff, students and alumni because we believe the energy of our community, and the individuals within it, are what make us most distinctive.

When we look back at the College in its early years, when nine Brothers arrived in 1868 to take over a school with fewer than 40 students, we see that a remarkable transformation has taken place. Today, we have the largest enrollment and most highly qualified students in our history. A new recreation center is taking shape and a new library is on the drawing board. We attract nationwide accolades for our unique academic programs, such as January Term and Collegiate Seminar, and for our successful model of engaged student learning in both our undergraduate and graduate curricula. Our student-athletes are second to none.

We also have remained true to the values that were present at our beginning. The College continues its mission of expanding opportunities for all students. Thirty- one percent of our undergraduates are eligible for the Pell grant. We are providing expansive support for first generation college students, and our graduate programs meet the needs of working professionals. Our students and faculty are an active presence in our local community and in communities around the globe.

Go Gaels!

In Saint La Salle,
Brother Ronald Gallagher, FSC