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Mount St. Joseph announces interim president

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Joel Thierstein (Courtesy Photo/Mount St. Joseph University)
Joel Thierstein (Courtesy Photo/Mount St. Joseph University)

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Mount St. Joseph University announced Monday morning that Joel Thierstein, J.D., Ph.D., has been named interim president while the school conducts a national search to replace Tony Aretz.

Aretz announced his resignation earlier this year after seven years as president. In February, Aretz was a finalist to be named president at La Salle University in Philadelphia, but that post went to Colleen M. Hanycz instead.

Thierstein has served as executive vice president and provost at the Mount since August 2014. Previously, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky State University, and the associate provost at Rice University. He also served as the senior advisor and counsel to the undersecretary at the United States Department of Education in Washington, D.C. in 2011.

“This interim appointment has the support and endorsement of the Board of Trustees and the leadership of the Sisters of Charity and will be in effect until a new president is identified,” said Ken Stecher, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Our community has already experienced the positive impact of Dr. Thierstein’s higher education and leadership experience during this past academic year. The year ahead will be one of progress, not maintenance.”

The Board of Trustees is in the process of beginning a search for the new president this summer. The search process will be communicated with the campus and the community through regular communications. A presidential search committee, comprised of various constituencies of the Mount community, is being assembled.

Mount St. Joseph, which officially became a university in July of last year, is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic university that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility. The Mount is one of four Catholic institutions of higher learning in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati along with the University of Dayton, Xavier University and Chatfield College.

Posted June 1, 2015

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