The Long Term

April 17, 2018

Ben Wheeler of the Yankton Press and Dakotan

Mount Marty College President Marcus Long has accepted a three-year contract extension that was offered by the school’s Board of Trustees, it was announced Tuesday.

"My wife and I love Mount Marty College and everyone at all of our locations," Long said. "It’s awesome to have the contract in place moving forward, because it allows us to focus on what we’re trying to provide to our students."

Long assumed his role at the college in 2015 after leaving St. Louis College of Pharmacy. At MMC, Long has overseen some massive changes on campus, including the $1.7 million renovation of the nursing center housed in the Avera Science and Nursing Complex.

The Press and Dakotan spoke with Long on what he hopes to see through the next three years of his tenure.

"First and foremost, this is a challenging time in American higher education, so we’re looking for ways to ensure our success and recruit those students that will do well with the Mount Marty experience," he said. "With our new strategic plan, we expect to really be successful moving forward."

The strategic plan is a focus on five main points: growth and visibility, Benedictine leadership, rural health and well-being, experiential learning and community engagement.

A big help for the Benedictine leadership point is the Benedictine Leadership Institute (BLI).

It is set to begin this fall and Long hopes to draw that into the center of the campus experience for students.

"We want to take this 1,500-year-old tradition and show how that can be for the modern college student," Long said. "We want to make sure that every student — and that includes faculty and staff — comes to campus every day looking to succeed."

The plan for the institute is to give students a chance to see the world through trips in order to further the learning experience

While the strategic plan is the main focus for Long currently, the plan is not set in stone. The college plans on reviewing policies to see what is successful and what needs changes.

"We want to find innovative ways to plan but nothing that is overly structured," Long said.

Read the rest of the story via the Yankton Press & Dakotan.