July 1, 2008

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Fr. Mackin ready to build on a strong legacy at The Mount

Mackin: "a great legacy"

NEWBURGH – The first day on the job was an eventful one for Mount Saint Mary College’s new president.  Dr. Kevin Mackin stopped by for an event symbolic of the future of Newburgh … awarding of funding for the first work on revitalizing the waterfront, which is sort of a front yard for the college.

Fr. Mackin says a college has a vital role to play in the growth of its host city.

“We’re going to work very hard to raise the excellence of the college to an even higher level, because I really believe that the best resource we have is brain power in young people.  And, the more we can develop brain power in young people, the better the economy, the better the country.”

Growing the student body is part of his immediate goal.  Fr. Mackin says he will use some powerful resources, including the work done by his predecessor, Sister Ann Sakac.

“Sister Ann has done a fantastic job as president of the college for these 31 years, and I’m going to build on her legacy; a great legacy that she’s left us.”

Fr. Mackin comes to MSMC after 11 years as president of Siena College in Loudonville, an Albany suburb.


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