Mount Mary President Retiring At End of School Year

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Christine Pharr. Photo courtesy of Mount Mary University.

Christine Pharr. Photo courtesy of Mount Mary University.

Christine Pharr, president of Mount Mary University, announced Sept. 15 she volition beryllium retiring astatine the extremity of the existent world twelvemonth connected June 30, 2022.

“I americium choosing to discontinue truthful I tin beryllium person to family,” she said. “This is not a determination that I instrumentality lightly due to the fact that of my heavy emotion for Mount Mary and however overmuch I person enjoyed serving arsenic president.”

Pharr, Mount Mary’s twelfth president, began successful 2017. She said present is the close clip to marque the modulation arsenic it volition beryllium the extremity of her 5 twelvemonth contract. The assemblage plans to person a successor successful spot by July 1, 2022.

Under Pharr, the assemblage developed Trinity Woods, an intergenerational lodging unit, which volition supply lodging for the sisters of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, assisted surviving units and lodging for students that are azygous mothers. An aboriginal puerility acquisition halfway is besides planned for the complex, disposable to residents, unit and the community.

The complex, created successful concern with School Sisters of Notre Dame and Milwaukee Catholic Home, is worthy $45 million.

Pharr led efforts to rise $2 cardinal for Trinity Woods. She besides established an $100,000 endowment for nutrient resources and accrued the President’s Emergency Fund to $100,000.

The analyzable is not the lone alteration the assemblage planned nether Pharr. The schoolhouse transformed a long-closed excavation in the basement of 1 of its oldest buildings into a wellness sciences halfway for its caller nursing program.

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The 6,500-square-foot facility, opened past week, provides expanded facilities for its existing 1-2-1 concern programme and serves arsenic an inter-professional collaboration laboratory for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying nursing, societal work, counseling, occupational therapy, creation therapy and dietetics.

“Over the past 4 years, we person instituted a multitude of caller programs and initiatives, which led to a grounds fig of caller students for autumn 2021. As we proceed our enactment successful the coming twelvemonth and arsenic Trinity Woods opens, I americium assured that I volition permission Mount Mary successful an fantabulous presumption with a agleam future,” Pharr said.

Additional on-campus projects person included a virtual world lab, immersive classrooms and field renovations. An interfaith abstraction and Muslim supplication country were created to accommodate religion practices of each students.

Pharr helped make the university’s strategical program “Living, Learning and Working successful a Thriving Community,” which identified visionary goals successful 5 readying areas done 2025.

This year, the assemblage established the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and named the university’s archetypal vice president for DEI.

Recently, the 2022 U.S. News and World Report gave Mount Mary apical honors among each determination universities successful the Midwest for societal mobility, which measures the occurrence complaint of graduating Pell students based connected six-year graduation rates. Mount Mary has besides moved up much than 20 spots to 51st successful best-of rankings of determination universities nether Pharr’s leadership. In 2020, Mount Mary besides became 1 of lone 2 Hispanic Serving Institutions successful Wisconsin.

The assemblage has begun the hunt process for a caller president and volition prosecute a hunt firm. The hunt steadfast and timeline volition beryllium announced successful coming weeks.

“Mount Mary educates committed change-makers and barrier-breakers, and Dr. Pharr has genuinely been a champion of alteration and growth,” Trustee Chair Stephanie Russell said. “Mount Mary’s strategical plan, beardown interior enactment and susceptible module and unit volition proceed to determination Mount Mary purposefully and confidently into the future.”

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