Rosemont president retires after doing great things

By Jessica Giordano
April 26, 2001

by Jessica Giordano

staff writer

Change is also occurring at a local small, liberal arts college. The president of Rosemont College, Margaret M. Healy, has decided to retire.

Ann M. Amore will replace her this summer. Amore has been a vice-president at St. Francis College, a liberal arts college located in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Healy has been Rosemont’s president since 1996. In just a few years she led Rosemont away from the brink of financial ruin and into relative fiscal health.

Healy also broadened Rosemont’s reach beyond its traditional all-female undergraduate population to cash in on the growing adult-learner market. Rosemont started offering accelerated degree programs to men and women at sites across the region.

Today Rosemont has twice as many adult students as undergraduates, and adult programs generate 40 percent of tuition revenue. Healy said that the adult programs helped to keep the undergraduate program alive.

Amore, who will take charge on July 1, grew up in Long Island, N.Y., where she was raised in a family that put great value on education. She has spent the last 22 years at St. Francis as an administrator, and most recently led the school’s college relations office, which manages fund-raising.

Healy said that her age and Rosemont’s improved financial situation are what provoked her to retire. She plans to spend time traveling to South Africa and catching up on all of the books that have piled up in her house.

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