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A Former West Point Official Helps Mount St. Mary’s Find Its Footing

The Chronicle of Higher Education

October 25, 2016

 

(Video) Thirteen months ago, Simon Newman used a blunt metaphor to describe a freshman-retention plan that eventually spelled his doom as president of Mount St. Mary’s University, in Maryland: “You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads.” Mr. Newman resigned under mounting pressure in late February.

In August, Tim Trainor became interim leader of the Roman Catholic institution. Mr. Trainor, who had previously been dean and chief academic officer of the U.S. Military Academy, in West Point, N.Y., for six years, knew he needed to steady the ship, calm faculty fears, and rebuild trust.

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