Saint Mary’s College of California (SMC) has announced that Richard Plumb will be its 30th president, effective July 1, 2021. The announcement was made in a joint statement from SMC Board of Trustees chairperson Kevin Nagle and District of San Francisco New Orleans Brother Visitor Donald Johnason, FSC.
Plumb succeeds James Donahue, who announced in April, 2020 that he would retire in 2021. Donahue has served as SMC president since 2013.
The SMC announcement read in part, “Plumb was selected because of his broad experience in strategic planning, curriculum development, financial management, fundraising, capital planning, and other critical skills necessary to leverage Saint Mary’s College’s distinguished history and write the next chapter for this remarkable institution. Plumb is a highly respected administrator, esteemed faculty member, and student-oriented leader. Given his strengths, he was our clear choice.”
Plumb earned a BS, MS, and PhD from Syracuse University. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. Prior to that, he held positions at the University of Kansas, State University of New York at Binghamton, Loyola Marymount University, and Seaver College.