EMMITSBURG, MD--(Marketwired - June 22, 2016) - The Board of Trustees of Mount St. Mary's University today appointed as interim president Brigadier General Timothy Trainor (ret.), dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Trainor brings to the Mount considerable experience in academia. For the past six years at West Point, he led over 800 faculty and staff across 13 departments and 23 centers that provide a core curriculum and 40 different majors in engineering, basic sciences, math, humanities and social sciences to 4,400 students. U.S. News & World Report ranks the United States Military Academy at West Point as one of the top 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation.
As chief academic officer, he was also responsible for governance and planning in regard to faculty, curriculum, accreditation, master planning board, athletics and class committees. He has published extensively on innovative leadership, systems engineering and operations and decision-making. He also has broad experience in strategic planning, outreach to alumni, and involvement with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as an evaluation team chair. He also played an integral role in supporting the recent extraordinarily successful West Point capital campaign.
"Dr. Trainor brings to the Mount extensive experience in leadership and a deep understanding and appreciation of the Catholic liberal arts tradition," said Mary Kane, chair of the university's Board of Trustees. "The hallmarks of his tenure at West Point -- a commitment to the liberal arts, to the intellectual life of his students, and to the development of leaders of character -- make him an ideal leader for the Mount. We are eager to welcome him and his family to our Mountain home and look forward to working in partnership with him to continue advancing the university."
"I am delighted to have the honor to serve Mount St. Mary's University, a Catholic institution with a rich tradition and history and a bright future," said Trainor. "While visiting the beautiful campus and engaging with members of the staff, faculty, students and Board of Trustees, I experienced the energy and excitement that is the Mount and knew this was where I wanted to continue my career in academia."
Prior to his appointment as dean of the Academic Board, Trainor spent four years as professor and head of the Department of Systems Engineering and three years as director of the Engineering Management Program, both at West Point.
Trainor earned his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University, an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy. He and his wife, Col. Donna Brazil (ret.), are the parents of three children: Cory, Daniel and Zachary.
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