Mount St. Mary’s University and its president, Timothy Trainor, made it official Saturday, removing the interim tag and making him the permanent president of the Emmitsburg college, the 26th in school history.
Trainor was appointed as interim president in August last year.
Before his appointment, Trainer spent 33 years in the Army, where he reached the rank of Brigadier General, where much of his career was spent at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
His tenure included six years as the dean of the Academic Board at the United States. Before that he spent seven years in the academy’s engineering department.
Trainor received his Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, his Master of Business Administration from Duke University and his doctorate in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University.
As president, Trainor has been tasked with leading the small Catholic university’s next capital campaign, with a goal of raising $30 million.
He has also sought to increase student relations. According to a report in the student newspaper, the school’s previous president, Simon Newman, told a faculty member about struggling students, “You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads.”
After a decline in 2016, the school’s 2017 freshman class has returned to previous levels of more than 500 students. The school also said it will retain more than 80 percent of freshmen, one of its highest rates in years.