Press Release

Saint Mary's College Announces Incoming VP for Mission


Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary's College
(574) 284-4579 (desk)

March 23, 2009 (Notre Dame, Ind.)—Saint Mary's College is pleased to announce that Sister Mary Louise Gude, CSC, will join the College in July as the vice president for mission. She will be the second vice president to lead the Division for Mission, established in 1994. Sister Rose Anne Schultz, CSC, will retire from the post this spring. The position is a joint appointment of the president of the College and the president of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

Within the College community, the Division for Mission seeks to integrate Gospel values, the richness of the Catholic tradition and the heritage of the founders, the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Three offices promote the division’s mandate: The Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE), the Center for Spirituality (CFS), and Campus Ministry.

A 1963 alumna of Saint Mary's College Sister Gude also holds a licenciate from the University of Montreal (1968) and a PhD in French literature from the University of Pennsylvania (1976). She has spent her career serving the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College. At the University of Notre Dame she served as an assistant vice president for student affairs (1998-2006) and taught in the Department of Romance Languages (1991-1998 and 2000-2006). She served at Saint Mary’s as an assistant professor of French from 1976-1991 and coordinator of the French program at the College from 1977-1987.

Saint Mary’s College President Carol Ann Mooney looks forward to working with Sister Gude. “I thank Sister Rose Anne for her many years of dedicated service to the College and I know that she shares my enthusiasm for Sister Mary Louise’s return to Saint Mary’s in this capacity. I worked with Sister Mary Louise at Notre Dame and appreciate her ability to relate to students and her extensive knowledge of higher education.”

Sister Gude is eager to begin her new position. “I am honored to return to this academic community, which has fostered Catholic women’s education for over one hundred fifty years. It will be challenging and rewarding to build on the strong foundation that Sister Rose Anne laid.”

Sister Gude is expected to start her position around July 1.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 30 major areas of study. The College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.