Accelerate October 2022

OCTOBER 2022 MAGAZINE 13 Describe your role. I am president of Mount Mary University and provide leadership and oversight for all aspects of the university, including academics, student affairs, mission, finance, enrollment, donor relations, athletics, and other key areas. What has been your biggest takeaway since starting in your new role? I continue to be in awe of our diverse student body, and their passion for education and social justice. The dedication to our mission of transforming lives permeates everything the staff and faculty do. I love meeting with alumnae who continue to tell me their stories of transformation by this fine institution. I love spending time with the School Sisters of Notre Dame (many of whom are living on campus in TrinityWoods) and learn about the rich history of Mount Mary and the sisters’ charisms that we are proud to continue. What is something unique about you? English is my fourth language! I have traveled to 32 countries on five continents, and visited 48 states in the U.S. What is the most important lesson you've learned in your career? One of the most important lessons is probably that it is important to stay true to your values/mission and be authentic. Another important lesson is also to be open to new ideas and learn from others. Diversity of thought, reflection, and collaboration are key ingredients to better decision-making and leadership. No matter how busy I get, I try to keep calm, be kind, respect others, reflect on the situation, and consult a diverse group of people. The bigger the diversity of the group, the better the outcome. What’s the first job you ever had? I was a tutor for Math, French and Latin throughout high school in Switzerland. My first job was working as a secretary at an U.S. computer company (Digital Equipment Corporation) in Geneva, Switzerland. What is your dream job? I am in my dream job! What is your favorite pastime? Spending time with my husband and three grandchildren (almost five-year-old twins and one eight-month-old), hiking, and discovering new places. • ISABELLE CHERNEY, PH.D. President, Mount Mary University EXECUTIVE PROFILE