Mount St. Joseph president resigns

Mar 3, 2015

MSJ's outgoing president Tony Aretz
Credit Provided / Mount St. Joseph University

Mount St. Joseph University is searching for a new leader. President Tony Aretz announced his resignation Tuesday. He'll officially step down at the end of the academic year.

In a statement Aretz writes, "I have been able to complete many of the goals I had when arriving at the Mount and throughout the rest of my career, will reflect upon the many accomplishments we achieved with great pride.”

The university says the move is Aretz' decision and he plans to explore other opportunities.

During his seven years at MSJ he oversaw the change from college to university. The university lists several other achievements, including:

  • launching the Center for Ethical Leadership.
  • overseeing the Vision2020 strategic plan.
  • creating the career preparedness program.
  • helping establish an on-campus work program to help students manage tuition costs.
  • adding several new majors, including graduate and doctorate degrees in nursing and business.

Aretz joined the Mount in 2008 from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. He served as academic vice president there. Prior to that, he was on faculty at the United States Air Force Academy and is a retired lieutenant colonel.

Board of Trustees chairperson Ken Stecher says, "With Tony at the helm, the Mount successfully weathered the impact of the national recession to continue its vital and important role in this community and in the higher education landscape. As a result we are well positioned for success through the Mount’s centennial year in 2020 and beyond.”

Joan Cook, SC, president of the Sisters of Charity adds, “He has embraced the values of the Sisters of Charity and continued the Mount's tradition of academic excellence, respect and concern for all persons, and service to others, producing Mount graduates who make a positive impact on our world.”

The university is planning a national search to find its next president.