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Adsit to Become Next President of Mount Saint Mary College

Adsit to Become Next President of Mount Saint Mary College

Buffalo, New York - April 03, 2018 - Today, D’Youville is proud to announce that Jason Adsit, dean of the School of Arts, Sciences and Education, has been appointed as the next president of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. Located in the Hudson Valley region of New York, Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) is a private liberal arts college founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic.

Adsit has been with D’Youville for five years and has been an invaluable member of the education department. Adsit came to D’Youville in the fall of 2013 from the University of Rochester where he was the associate provost for Academic Administration.

An immediate answer came to mind when asked what he was most proud of during his tenure at D’Youville. “As always, I’m always the most proud of the students. I’ve been at D’Youville long enough to be able to see students from the moment I’ve recruited them at open houses - sitting there with their parents, scared out of their minds - to their graduation. And it’s so exciting to see,” said Adsit.

It’s also those students that Adsit will miss most about working here at D’Youville. “I loved watching them grow from someone who was nervous coming into the institution, learning about themselves, learning about how to navigate the world, to people who are growing into graduate programs and into their professions out in the world. It is amazing to watch not just their knowledge base grow but their confidence grow as well,” he added.

While at D’Youville, Adsit focused not only on serving his colleagues and students within the School of Arts, Sciences and Education, but also across campus.

“Dr. Adsit has been an integral member of the D’Youville academic leadership team,” says Maureen Finney, EdD, dean of the School of Health Professions. “We have relied on his skills, expertise and talent especially in terms of accreditation compliance and the shifting landscape of higher education. His affable style, and commitment to student success will serve him well in his new presidential role. I wish him every success.”

“Dr. Adsit is a celebrated teacher and academic leader whose training as a philosopher has helped him transcend the traditional boundaries of the academy,” said D’Youville President Lorrie Clemo. “Dr. Adsit saw the importance of student success and he collaborated closely with the deans of the schools of Nursing, Health Professions, and Pharmacy to support success in both the liberal arts and professional programs,” she added.

One of Adsit’s fondest memories of his time at D’Youville hits a little closer to home. “I got to see my wife and sister-in-law walk across the stage at graduation in May 2017 together,” he reflected. “That is something that I will never forget and something they’ll never forget. My kids got to see it. The family got to see it. And my sister-in-law, my wife and I, and the rest of us will always be tied to D’Youville because of that.”

“Dr. Adsit’s perspective extends well beyond our borders to the broader higher education landscape,” says Mimi Steadman, EdD, vice president for Academic Affairs. “He was pivotal in successfully building partnerships across institutions to expand and enrich opportunities for the faculty and students here at D’Youville.”

“I hope to take all the great lessons I’ve learned at D’Youville and bring them to bear on this institution that is absolutely poised for huge things; MSMC is a coiled spring,” said Adsit. “They are so well positioned for continued growth and development. Their student body is amazing, their community support is exceptional, and their faculty is as talented as any group I’ve seen. I simply, humbly, want to go build upon the strong legacy that they’ve already put into place.”

“Jason has demonstrated great insight, skills, and rapport with students and is held in high esteem by peers and colleagues across the college,” said Clemo. “I am deeply grateful for his contributions to D’Youville and the community and wish him the very best in his new role as President of MSMC."

The official announcement from Mount Saint Mary College came earlier today. Dr. Adsit will remain as the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences through the end of the Spring 2018 semester. A formal search process is underway to find Dr. Adsit’s replacement.


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