St. Olaf member to become St. Scholastica president

| May 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Barbara McDonald, a member of St. Olaf in Minneapolis, will become the president of The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, which the college announced at a press conference May 30. She currently serves as president of North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park. COURTESY THE COLLEGE OF ST. SCHOLASTICA

Barbara McDonald, 61, a member of St. Olaf in Minneapolis, will become president of The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth Aug. 5, the Catholic college announced May 30.

“St. Scholastic is a very special place for me,” said McDonald, who attended the college in the late 1970s, during a May 30 press conference. “Since then, I have admired the college’s mission and have had the opportunity to stay connected with the institution through collaborative efforts when I served in the northeast region (of Minnesota) in the past.”

McDonald currently serves as president of North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, a post she began in 2015. For the past 22 years, she dedicated her career to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Her career grew from being a faculty assessment and service learning coordinator at Rainy River Community College in International Falls in 1997 to becoming interim president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington in 2014 before her time at NHCC.

In an email to The Catholic Spirit, McDonald said she got involved in parishes all around Minnesota during her career, which included serving as a parish council member at St. Joseph in Grand Rapids. She looks forward to carrying on the Benedictine tradition at St. Scholastica, which the Benedictines founded in 1912.

“I would like to thank the Benedictine sisters for this legacy, which I know will serve as a strong foundation in guiding the future of the College,” McDonald said at the press conference.

 

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