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Stallmeyer Named Interim Provost at Gateway College

Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, retired president of Thomas More College has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for Gateway Community and Technical College, effective June 15. She succeeds Dr. Laura Urban, current provost, who is leaving to become president of Alexandria Technical and Community College in Minnesota.

Sister Stallmeyer joined Gateway last fall as a special assistant to the president with a primary focus on the overall college organizational structure and the development of the Urban Metro Campus. She was to hold that position through June 2014.

“These experiences will provide her with a wealth of knowledge about Gateway and our academic programs. She will begin working with Dr. Urban and the academic leadership team immediately to effect a smooth transition,” said Dr. Ed Highes, president & CEO of Gateway.

Hughes said Sister Stallmeyer would serve as interim provost until a permanent successor to Dr. Urban is employed and added he will make a decision during the summer about the timeline for the hiring process to begin.

“Sister Margaret has tremendous higher education leadership experience,” Hughes said. “Besides her 10 years as president of Thomas More College, she has enjoyed a distinguished leadership and education career, beginning as a teacher at Our Lady of Providence Academy (OLP) in Newport.”

Sister Stallmeyer was appointed principal at OLP in 1981. She played an instrumental role in the merger of OLP and Newport Catholic High School, forming Newport Central Catholic, where she served as assistant principal. She served the canon lawyer for the Diocese of Lexington and as chief financial officer for her religious community.  She has served on numerous boards, including that of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. She chaired the St. Elizabeth Healthcare board during a significant transformation of that organization. 

In her role as president at Thomas More College, she was an integral part of the Urban Learning Center Partner Board that nurtured the educational outreach in the urban core. The partnership involved Gateway, TMC, Northern Kentucky University, three local school districts and several community organizations.  The Urban Learning eventually was absorbed into Gateway and became the nucleus of the college’s Urban Center/Urban Metro Campus. During Sister Stallmeyer’s tenure as TMC president, the college increased enrollment by 20 percent, added 10 new bachelor’s degree programs and built a new athletic complex, a chapel, renovated science labs and the biology field station on the Ohio River.

“Sister Margaret understands well not only the role of higher education but also the history and purpose of Gateway and the commitment we have made to providing high-quality postsecondary education to the citizens of the entire Northern Kentucky region,” Hughes said.

A native of Dayton, Ky., Sister Stallmeyer is a graduate of Thomas College, has a master’s degree in education from Xavier University and holds a degree in canon law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and holds a degree in canon law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

From Gateway Community & Technical College

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