February 20. 2009 2:00AM - Last modified: March 14. 2012 12:19PM

Schwalbach is Mount Mary College's new president


Eileen Schwalbach, Ph.D., has been named president of Mount Mary College, a four-year Catholic college for women in Milwaukee.
Schwalbach has been the college's acting president since September 2008, when Linda Timm, Ph.D., resigned from the position. Schwalbach will be the college's 11th president since its founding in 1913.
Schwalbach has more than 35 years experience in education and has been with Mount Mary College since 1993, when she began working with future teachers in the Education Department. During her tenure, she has held a variety of positions as a faculty member and administrator, serving as director of the graduate education program, associate dean for academic and student affairs, vice president for academic and student affairs and, most recently, provost, prior to her appointment as acting president.
Since joining Mount Mary, Schwalbach has helped to create and lead three multimillion-dollar programs that have been instrumental in the college's growth and have reached out to the community to raise Mount Mary's visibility.
Funding for the programs comes from a variety of sources, including the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Burke Foundation Fund.  Jane Moore, director of program development and evaluation for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, said, "Dr. Eileen Schwalbach has brought tremendous energy and innovation to Mount Mary.  I expect her tenure as president will be a testament to her optimism and imagination."
Before joining Mount Mary, Schwalbach was with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as an adjunct instructor and supervisor of student teachers. She also worked with Milwaukee Public Schools as a teacher facilitator, curriculum coordinator, department chair and English teacher.
Kristine Krause, chair of the Mount Mary College board of trustees and vice president, environmental at We Energies, said, "The board of trustees unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed Dr. Schwalbach's appointment. Her vision and leadership, as well as her dedication to the mission of Mount Mary College, are well-established. We are looking forward to Dr. Schwalbach's leadership both at Mount Mary and in the community."
Schwalbach has set a number of goals for the college, including increasing enrollment to 2,000 by 2013, which will mark Mount Mary's 100th anniversary. She also intends to focus on supporting transformational educational programs that prepare students to be leaders for social justice.