Effective today, Sr. Mary Dacey, SSJ is serving as Interim President of Mount Saint Joseph Academy. Her term runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
Many members of the Mount community are familiar with Sr. Mary, a Sister of Saint Joseph in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. She previously served as principal and president of the Mount for 16 years. In those roles, she facilitated the first strategic plan that resulted in the creation of a board of directors, the establishment of a president/principal model of governance, a new vision for enrollment, and a $5 million capital campaign.
She oversaw enrollment, advancement, communications, marketing, and strategic planning until her departure in 2004. She left the Mount when she was elected to serve as General Councilor and Congregational Vice President for the Sisters of Saint Joseph, where she managed finances, advancement, congregational properties, and strategic planning.
More recently, as a director for the Healey Education Foundation, Sr. Mary coached and trained a cohort of high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in implementing the foundation's proven model for sustainability through better enrollment, stronger fundraising, and more effective governance. In the past year, her full-time ministry has been the facilitation of religious congregations across the country.
Sr. Mary has served in several roles in education, from teacher to administrator. She has held national religious conference positions, including President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and Co-chair of the Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She has served as a trustee for Duquesne University, Chestnut Hill College, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), the John Carroll School in Maryland, and Holy Ghost Preparatory School (where she also served as chair).
Sr. Mary earned an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Boston College, an M.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. in English from Chestnut Hill College. Sr. Mary brings experience in every aspect of advancement and school leadership, facilitation and planning, and a track record of successfully implemented changes.
We are delighted to welcome Sr. Mary back to the Mount, and we look forward to her leadership throughout the next year.