Presidential Search

Saint Mary's College Presidential Search

Saint Mary's College is seeking a uniquely qualified leader to serve as our 29th president. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a genuine desire for a deep commitment to Lasallian, Catholic, and liberal arts education, and should possess inspiring, collaborative, and visionary leadership.

Presidential Search Profile

The Presidential Search Profile provides detailed information about Saint Mary's College and the desired attributes of qualified candidates applying for the position of College President.

Download the Presidential Search Profile

Presidential Search Timeline

Please note that the months identified in the above-referenced phases may be revised in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We are confident the search can be adapted to whatever schedule may be adopted and are anticipating different scenarios at this time.

May Phase I: Plan & Organize the Search
June Phase II: Approve Presidential Profile, Advertising & Recruiting Plan, Begin National Recruiting
July Phase III: Launch Search, Advertising/Outreach Begins, Build Candidate Pool
August - September Phase IV: Continue Building Candidate Pool & Evaluate Candidates
October 12 Candidate Applications and Nominations Due
October Phase V: Evaluate Candidates & Select Semi-Finalists       
November    Phase VI: Complete Initial Background Checks & Conduct Preliminary Interviews                                            
December Phase VII: Conduct On-Campus Visits, Selection Decision & Appointment     


President Donahue

President's Message About Retirement

Dear Saint Mary's Community:

It seems there is no perfect moment for announcing one’s future retirement, but I believe the right time for me to do that has now come. I want to share with the Saint Mary’s community that in June 2021, after eight years as SMC President and at the completion of my second term, I will retire from my position as president.... Read More