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Ann McElaney-Johnson, the 12th president of Mount Saint Mary’s University, assumed leadership of the Mount on July 1, 2011. She was formerly vice president for academic and student affairs at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Dr. McElaney-Johnson brings 23 years of service to small, residential liberal arts colleges, as a faculty member, associate dean and chief academic and student affairs officer, to her new role as president of Mount Saint Mary’s University. She is passionate about the importance of women’s colleges, and a strong advocate for women’s education and leadership issues. She is a champion of interdisciplinary teaching and learning. As a Catholic, she brings with her a deep appreciation for the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Dr. McElaney-Johnson served in a variety of leadership positions at Salem College, which was founded in 1772, and is the nation’s oldest continually operating institution for women in the United States.  In addition to her responsibilities as an administrator, she was a professor of French and enjoyed working with students in the classroom. Prior to her tenure at Salem College, she served as a faculty member and coordinator of faculty development at Ripon College, Wisconsin. She earned her PhD in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master’s degree from Middlebury College, Vermont, and her Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts.

Her research interests focus on Francophone women writers in Sub-Saharan Africa and she has presented her work at both domestic and international conferences.  She is active in numerous educational and civic organizations and was the recipient of the 2010 YWCA Woman of Vision award in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she served on several boards, including the Crosby Scholars Program Executive Board, Sara Lee Center for Women’s Health Advisory Board, Brethren Colleges Abroad Academic Council; United Way Academic Advisory Committee and the Women’s Council of the Forsyth Medical Center Foundation Executive Committee.  She also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association for Colleges and Universities Commission on Colleges.

Dr. McElaney-Johnson is married to David Johnson, and has three grown daughters, Emma, Rachel and Caroline.