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Mount Marty College Welcomes President Marcus Long


Marcus Long - MMCThe Hon. Tom Harmon, Chair of the MMC Board of Trustees, and the College’s Presidential Search Committee are pleased to announce that Marcus Long has been chosen as the new president of Mount Marty College, effective July 15, 2015.

Long was selected by the Mount Marty College trustees and approved by the Sacred Heart Monastery Council after a nationwide search. The presidential search committee, assisted by search firm The Spelman & Johnson Group (SJG), included representatives from the trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and student body.
“We are pleased that Mr. Long will be joining Mount Marty College as the next president,” said Judge Harmon.

With family ties to the Yankton area and a strong commitment to his Catholic faith, Long is an excellent fit for Mount Marty College. He joins MMC with wide-ranging experiences in higher education that spans over two decades and is excited about the position.

"My family and I are so excited to be joining the Mount Marty community. Since I first stepped foot on campus, I have been struck by the friendliness of everyone at the College, and the mutual support that students, faculty, staff and alumni provide to each other. Mount Marty is obviously a special place, and I can't wait to join the team," said Long.

Long most recently served as vice president for administration at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. In that role, he was responsible for the departments of Human Resources, Institutional Effectiveness, Marketing and Communications, and College Services, which included campus facilities, security services, environmental health and safety, parking and transportation, bookstore services and campus dining. Long joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy in June 2007 as vice president of marketing and communications and served in that capacity until he was named to his current position. During 2012-13, Long held the additional role of chief of staff in the Office of the President and advised the president on a variety of internal and external projects and issues while managing the development and implementation of strategic initiatives.

Before joining the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Long was a member of the senior public affairs leadership team at the University of Missouri in Columbia from 1994-2007. As director of university affairs, he managed the University's marketing, web communications and visitor relations offices, as well as budget and human resources functions for the University Affairs division. Before joining the staff at Missouri, he worked in broadcasting, law enforcement, and politics.

Long received bachelor's degrees in political science and history, as well as a master's degree in education, from the University of Missouri.

According to Harmon, the search committee, Board of Trustees, and Sacred Heart Monastery were impressed with Long’s commitment to and experience in higher education, along with his Catholic background and beliefs. They are confident that he is the right choice to move the college forward.