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Interim Mount St. Mary's president stresses relationships, collaboration in change

The Frederick News-Post

August 29, 2016


Just as the rising sun was illuminating Mount St. Mary’s University’s campus, still quiet from the waning summer vacation, the school’s new leader, Brig. Gen. Timothy Trainor, was sweating on an elliptical machine.

It was shortly after 6:15 a.m. Monday — Trainor’s first day of two years as the Mount’s interim president. It’s a job he intends to keep permanently.

He rarely slacks in his six-day-a-week ritual of a roughly 50-minute gym workout, even as he rose through the administration’s ranks to be chief academic officer at West Point in New York, the United States Military Academy.

Trainor’s routine and professional style is indicative of a structured environment, a Catholic upbringing and schooling, and a military background.

He freely talks about his time in the Army, and carries all of the hallmarks of a military man — poise, polish and a suit without a wrinkle. He’s asked people not to refer to him by his rank, but rather “Dr. Trainor” (his doctorate in industrial engineering comes from North Carolina State University) or “President Trainor” — titles he feels are more appropriate for his role.

Trainor asked to spend his first day touring the Emmitsburg university’s offices, meeting everyone available. He and his wife, Donna, also retired from the military, are so pleased to be on campus, Trainor told those who welcomed him.

In almost every conversation, he thanks whoever is there for what they do.