Office of the President

Dottie King, Ph.D.
Dottie L. King, Ph.D., 16th president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

It is my pleasure to welcome back our returning faculty, staff and students as well as all of our new students to the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College community.

The Woods is a distinctive place where individual passions fuel a collective purpose. You are part of an exceptionally talented student body that is known far beyond our campus gates for their academic excellence, service and leadership. Your active participation in all facets of campus life creates a vibrant, dynamic community that produces individual success and service to others.

Beginning this academic year, we expanded our student body by becoming coeducational in all programs –campus, online and graduate. Indeed, this marks a significant change to our 175-year history. Yet, the essence of The Woods remains the same. We exist to cultivate aspirations and excellence by empowering students to think critically, engage in lifelong leadership and effect positive change in a spirit of service and social responsibility. By upholding these ideals, and expecting the same from others, we declare “I Aspire Higher” with a great sense of pride.

Again, welcome. I wish you a safe, successful and rewarding year.