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Mount President Named Cardinal's Award Recipient

Oct. 1, 2009 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University President Jacqueline Powers Doud has been selected as a recipient of the 2010 Cardinal's Award of the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Doud is among five Catholics being recognized by Cardinal Roger Mahony for significant leadership in improving the lives of Southern Californians.

The Cardinal honors awardees who have given extraordinarily of their time, talent or treasure in ways that benefit the quality of life throughout greater Los Angeles. Doud will join other honorees at a gala dinner to be held in February 2010. In recent years, proceeds from the dinner have been used to open Catholic preschools.

"It gives me great pleasure to honor the dedication, achievement and exemplary life of President Doud," said Mahony. "She is a gift to the young women who seek their higher education at Mount Saint Mary’s University."

"I am honored that the Cardinal has included me in this group of outstanding Catholics who have dedicated themselves to bettering their communities," Doud said. "It is my privilege to lead Mount Saint Mary’s University as we prepare our students academically, spiritually, and socially for their futures."

The 11th president of Mount Saint Mary’s University, Doud previously served MSMU as provost and vice president for academic affairs before becoming the College's first lay president. She has more than 35 years of experience in senior administration, following nine years of teaching experience in French, humanities and education. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in French from Mundelein College in Chicago; a master of arts in French literature from the University of California, Berkeley; and a PhD in higher education from Claremont Graduate University. She holds an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Hebrew Union College.

Doud has been a consultant for several colleges and universities, and has extensive experience in accreditation. She is currently serving on the Board of Visitors of the School of Education at Claremont Graduate University, the Board of Directors of the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care, the Executive Committee of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and the Board of Directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Her husband, Robert Doud, is professor emeritus, Pasadena City College.

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