By Claudia Larsen
After several months, MSMC’s presidential search has finally come to an end. Chairman Charles Frank of the MSMC Board of Trustees announced Dr. Jason Adsit as the seventh president of MSMC in a special announcement in the Aquinas Theater on April 4.
Adsit was one of three final candidates that the presidential search committee had selected following a rigorous interview process throughout January. All three candidates had individually visited the Mount and were involved in forums open to all students, staff and faculty.
Coming to the Mount from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, Adsit worked as dean of the School of Arts, Sciences & Education and director of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. He previously worked at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, as associate provost for Academic Administration
Adsit graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a doctoral degree in philosophy.
In his acceptance speech, Adsit expressed his thanks to the presidential search committee and to the board of trustees for the opportunity they have given him, and his love for what the Mount represents.
“I believe very deeply in the promise of Catholic higher education,” he said. “We educate the whole person. We help people understand that they are situated in a life not just of reason and thought, but of contemplation, of service, and understanding that you’re part of something larger than yourselves.”
Adsit promised that his focus in the future will be not just on the college but on the students.
“The first thought that’s gonna go through my head each day is ‘What are we doing to help enhance student learning and enhance the student experience.’ I am going to be accessible, and I am going to listen to you,” he said.
Both Chairman Frank and Vice-Chair Margaret Anderson expressed their confidence in Adsit and the greatness he will bring to the Mount. He will begin his term as president starting June 1.