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Strategic Plan

Educating Global Leaders for the Next Century - 2021-2026

Strategic Plan

Message from the President

For the past 96 years, Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) has been recognized nationally for its academic quality, community service, empowerment of women, leadership development and commitment to social justice. Our 2021-2026 Strategic Plan is a reflection of our strong foundation and a blueprint for the path forward as we embark on our next century of educating and developing global leaders.

Our past, present and future are shaped by the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet — to respond to the needs of the times — and our community has consistently come together to empower our students to reach their highest potential, to better themselves and to better the world.

The past year and a half has been one of the most challenging times in our University’s history. With tenacity, determination and a spirit of caring, our community proved itself to be resilient and unstoppable in the face of the Getty Fire in the fall of 2019, and now, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite these challenges, we continue to foster a community of excellence and care. Our faculty and staff support our students’ academic and co-curricular growth, and they lead by example. As we chart our path forward, we will continue to invest in our students, to challenge them and to inspire them as we prepare them to become leaders in both their communities and the wider world.


President McElaney Johnson Signature
Ann McElaney-Johnson, PhD
President, Mount Saint Mary’s University 


Read the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan