Dr. Susan Cosby Ronnenberg, Dean of the College, has announced that she will be leaving Saint Mary’s University at the end of her current contract on May 31, 2022. She has accepted a position with Southeastern Oklahoma State University as an Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Cosby Ronnenberg noted that the move brings her closer to her extended family in Arkansas and Texas.

Susan Cosby Ronnenberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Cosby Ronnenberg was appointed Dean in July 2020, coming to us after serving 18 years at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. Among her major accomplishments and in support of Saint Mary’s strategic plan, “Building a Future Full of Hope,” are:

  • Co-leading initiative 6B: Optimize Academic Operations
  • Improving the daily course plan for students including significantly reducing course overlaps
  • Improving communication with college chairs and faculty
  • Advocating tirelessly for faculty and students

Provost Brian Schmisek said, “Dean Cosby Ronnenberg served with diplomacy and collegiality during her time at Saint Mary’s. She has been wholeheartedly committed to our Lasallian Catholic mission including our student-centered approach. This is particularly notable given the flexibility and focus required due to the pandemic, which was a reality for her entire time with us.”

Saint Mary’s President Father James P. Burns added, “Dr. Cosby Ronnenberg brought many gifts and talents to bear on her work during her time at Saint Mary’s, in particular a deep commitment to faculty, staff, and students. While she will be missed; we wish her great success in her new role.”

Dr. Cosby Ronnenberg said, “Thank you for the opportunity to serve the students, faculty, staff, and administration for the past two years in this leadership capacity. I have been fortunate to meet wonderful colleagues and students here.”

New leadership will be determined and announced shortly.

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