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President Ann McElaney-Johnson

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President Ann McElaney-Johnson


Dr. Ann McElaney-Johnson is the 12th president of Mount Saint Mary's University, the only women’s university in Los Angeles. She is recognized as a thought leader for women’s issues and a champion for innovative teaching and learning. She has presented on issues related to women and girls at a variety of conferences and institutions, including China Women’s University in Beijing, the Milken Institute Global Conference and the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C., and before the California State Senate. 

Dr. McElaney-Johnson is the current board chair of the Women’s College Coalition; member of the advisory board for the Women in Public Service Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; member of the advisory council and the ambassador council of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University; the board of directors for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; the board of trustees for the College of the Holy Cross; and member of the board of the Association of Colleges of Sisters of Saint Joseph.

As president, Dr. McElaney-Johnson leads with an inclusive, collaborative style. She has articulated a strategic vision for the University that will foster a culture of innovation for excellence to prepare students to be global leaders and pursue lives filled with purpose. Her main initiatives include establishing the University as a national resource for women’s issues through a recently launched Center for the Advancement of Women; creating healthy, confident, resilient leaders through a bold, campus-wide Mount Wellness movement; expanding the University’s international presence and providing significant, life-changing global experiences for Mount students; recruiting and retaining an outstanding and diverse student body, and expanding academic offerings at all levels to ensure a rich learning environment, including the University’s growing Graduate Division, which now boasts 10 graduate programs.

Back in 2011, Dr. McElaney-Johnson led the creation of the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™, the first comprehensive report of its kind to examine gender gaps in the state and provide recommendations and resources to legislators, nonprofit leaders and community advocates. This vital report is compiled and researched annually by Mount Saint Mary’s faculty and students.

Dr. McElaney-Johnson has more than 30 years of service to liberal arts colleges throughout the country as a faculty member, associate dean and chief academic and student affairs officer. She earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her master’s degree from Middlebury College, Vermont, and her bachelor of arts from the College of the Holy Cross, Mass. She is fluent in French and has presented her research domestically and internationally. She is married and has three grown daughters.

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Lucille Villegas, Executive Assistant to the President