MARY LOU RETELLE SELECTED TO SERVE AS ANNA MARIA COLLEGE'S NEXT PRESIDENT
"Ms. Retelle, who has served as interim president since July 2014, has the board's unanimous confidence as not only the best prepared candidate for the position, but the one who has lived it, and performed extremely well," said Paul A. DiPierro, chair of the Anna Maria College Board of Trustees, who led the presidential search effort that drew the interest of more than 70 applicants. "As interim president, Ms. Retelle has made marked gains on a variety of critical areas that positively affect the livelihood of Anna Maria College."
"In a short time, Retelle has made fiscal decisions that have led to improved student satisfaction, including a nearly fifty percent increase in new student enrollment, improved financial aid disbursement and enhanced relations with key community stakeholders," said DiPierro. According to DiPierro, under Retelle's leadership, several new undergraduate and graduate programs have been launched, partnerships with other educational institutions have been strengthened and improved marketing communication efforts, including a new college website, have made a significant impact.
Retelle brings to this presidency 25 years of experience as an executive administrator at academic institutions. She has served as an Anna Maria executive since 2011, when she joined the College as executive vice president. Following three years in that role, she was promoted to interim president following the resignation of Dr. Jack P. Calareso. As executive vice president, Retelle had oversight for the college functions related to enrollment, student life and athletic programs.
Prior to her roles at Anna Maria, Retelle served as an enrollment consultant for Suffolk University following a total of 15 years at Merrimack College in North Andover. Positions held at Merrimack include Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. She also served as Director of Admission and Enrollment Management at State University of New York, Potsdam from 1991 to 1994. Retelle obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Merrimack College and her Master of Education in Student Personnel Services from Northeastern University.
"I look forward to carrying forward the positive momentum we've attained and working with the Board of Trustees to advance the College in the years ahead," said Retelle, who lives in Worcester. "The campus community has worked diligently to make decisions that have had a direct, positive impact to the quality of the student experience and to the heritage of Anna Maria College."