"Marywood has to be as good as possible at all times. We cannot be complacent."
No matter where you look on Marywood's historical timeline, you see example after example of Marywood moving forward, innovating, and opening new doors to education and opportunity—against all odds, in some cases. The late Sister M. Coleman Nee, IHM, our Ninth President, was "Marywood" to so many of our graduates. She believed that our continuing success flowed from fidelity to the mission and core values of this institution. She believed that we had to press forward in our founding vision, even when others advised the opposite. Her recent passing has prompted us to recall and recognize the strong, meaningful leadership that has shaped and sustained Marywood through each decade of its existence. We owe our deepest thanks to Sister Coleman, because her unwavering vision, along with her keen ability to navigate Marywood through challenging times, helped us become who we are today.
We are always ready to move forward with a will to improve, to create a better Marywood experience for all. That's why it's so exciting for me to visit alumni around the country and to welcome them to our campus during Reunion and Homecoming Weekends. We reminisce about fond memories, but we also share the dynamic vision for Marywood's future. This past summer I also was delighted to welcome the Centennial Class of 2015 to campus during Orientation. They are here, and this important milestone is but four short years away. The excitement on the faces of each student in our newest class tells me all I need to know about continuing the dream that our founding Sisters began nearly 100 years ago.
Marywood is a university on the move, just as it has always been. Let's continue this momentum together for the next generation by emulating the confident spirit demonstrated by our founders and leaders. As Sister Coleman observed, "We cannot be complacent."