18 Decades of Footprints A note from President Dottie King
An academy for girls, post-grammar school opportunities for females for the first time in the Wabash Valley, a liberal arts college for women, professional degrees for women, a pioneering distance education for women, coeducational graduate programs with a foundation in liberal arts and mission, inclusion of men in distance education and inclusion of men in all academic programs are each defining identities for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in a timeline that covers 18 decades. The resilience of our institution is our commitment to core values along with a willingness to change with the needs of our students in shifting times. Can you imagine a roll call of those who have contributed to the growth and endurance of our College through these years? Some names would be well-known to us, along with their stories. Others have quietly made their marks on our future. I am blessed to work where legacy, mission, sacrifice and faith are more than just tag lines. I am thankful for the dedication of those who came before us, for their “footprints” and direction, for the sharing of their passion and gifts, and for their hard work. I am humbled and grateful for the ways that Providence, generous alums and friends, and devoted employees have all contributed to success and renewal in recent years. May God continue to bless Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and may we, who call her home, remain committed to the educational mission with which we have been entrusted.