From L to R, Doug Olig, lead principal of SMSA; Kevin Shaw, president of SMSA; Sr. Judith Schmidt, CSA, past president of SMSA; Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president of Marian; and Stacey Akey, vice president of enrollment management at Marian.
August 8, 2011
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — On August 2, representatives of Marian University and St. Mary Springs Academy (SMSA) signed a partnership agreement that will increase Catholic education opportunities for professionals, families and students grade PK – 16 in Fond du Lac and beyond.
The Marian University-SMSA Partnership is designed in two phases of implementation. This PK-16 partnership is the first of its kind in the Milwaukee Archdiocese.
“The newly-formed Sr. Judith Schmidt Benefit Program provides a tremendous cost-savings path for all faculty, staff and students served by SMSA and Marian. The joint heritage of Catholic identity and educational value at St. Mary Springs Academy and Marian is highlighted with this breakthrough initiative,” said Kevin Shaw, president of St. Mary Springs Academy.
Phase two of the partnership begins fall 2011 and focuses on collaborative efforts to strengthen both institutions and make a greater impact on the Fond du Lac community. A joint Marian-SMSA committee will also work to identify methods to increase fiscal savings that benefit both institutions and develop strategies to utilize educational resources to enhance service to students.
“The Marian/St. Mary’s Springs Academy partnership is a great opportunity for students to reach their highest potential of success from a program that is founded in the Catholic tradition,” said Dr. Steven DiSalvo, president of Marian University. “Because of this partnership, we are able to provide a stronger academic community for future generations.”
The initial phase of the partnership is named after Sr. Judith Schmidt, CSA, who has been instrumental at both institutions. Schmidt also graduated from Marian University’s teacher education program in 1962.
Representatives present at the signing were, from SMSA, Kevin J. Shaw, president; Doug Olig, lead principal; Jack Eyers, director of finance; Barb Senn, director of development; and Carol Schlaefer, director of recruitment; and from Marian University, Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president; Stacey L. Akey, vice president of enrollment management; Mary Kosmer, comptroller and director of business & finance; and Paul Neuberger, vice president of advancement. Sr. Judith Schmidt, past president of SMSA, also joined the ceremony.
For more information, contact Marian’s Office of Admission at 920-923-7650 or the St. Mary’s Springs Academy Development Office at 920-322-8006.