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Jan Cervelli resigns as Saint Mary’s president

| Friday, October 5, 2018

Janice Cervelli resigned from her position as Saint Mary’s College president effective Friday, Oct. 5.

Chair of the Board of Trustees Mary Burke announced Cervelli’s resignation in a letter to the Saint Mary’s community Friday.

“Earlier this week, Janice Cervelli informed the Board of Trustees of her intent to resign,” Burke said in the letter. “We appreciate all that Jan has contributed to Saint Mary’s during her tenure as President and we wish her the best.”

Cervelli took over the role of president in the fall of 2016 after College President Emerita Carol Ann Mooney left. She was officially inaugurated as the 12th Saint Mary’s president Nov. 12, 2016. In an article published May 19, 2017, Cervelli told The Observer she was “doing the most important work of [her] life” as her first year in office ended.

Provost Nancy Nekvasil will serve as interim president of the College during the search for a new president.

“We are blessed that Dr. Nekvasil will serve as Interim President for as long as needed,” Burke said. “Her rich and esteemed history with Saint Mary’s College as an educator, experienced campus leader, administrator and student advocate speaks volumes. Her accomplishments qualify her for this interim position and empower her to support and uphold our mission and values.”

Chair of the department of business Jill Vihtelic will serve as interim provost of the College, and vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson will postpone her retirement to assist with the transition.

Burke said the College is appreciative of the support from the campus community during the turnover period.

“We are immensely thankful for you, our committed educators and leaders,” Burke said. “Our focus remains positive and centers on our collective spirit to develop strong thinkers through our rigorous academics and supportive community.”

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