Mount Saint Mary’s College celebrates inauguration

Mt. Saint Mary’s College inaugurated Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson as its 12th President before a sea of onlookers from the Mount St. Mary’s College community, Friday morning, March 16 on its Doheny campus in Los Angeles.

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McElaney-Johnson, who brings 23 years of experience at small, residential liberal arts colleges, previously served as Vice President for academic and student affairs at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where during her tenure she also held positions as a faculty member, associated dean and chief academic and student affairs officer.

“Dr. McElaney-Johnson’s extensive experience and leadership abilities will be a tremendous asset both to the college and the greater Los Angeles community,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “I would also like to note that as we celebrate Women’s History Month, it’s fitting that such an accomplished educator and someone with a passion for the empowerment of women, takes the reins at Mt. Saint Mary’s. Her drive to assist women in reaching their full potential,” the Supervisor continued, “is not only reflected in her career in education but in her involvement with numerous educational and civic organizations.

McElaney-Johnson served on the Crosby Scholars Program Executive Board, the Sara Lee Center for Women’s Health Advisory Board, the Brethren Colleges Aboard Academic Council, the United Way Academic Advisory Committee, the Women’s Council of the Forsyth Medical Center Foundation Executive Committee, and the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association for Colleges and Universities Commission on Colleges. McElaney-Johnson received her Ph.D in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Master’s Degree from Middlebury College, and her Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.

Mount St. Mary’s College was founded in 1925, by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet with a mission to help women become all they are capable of being.
Mount St. Mary’s College is the only Catholic college primary for women in the Western United States and has two campuses in Los Angeles: Chalon Campus and Doheny Campus.