Message from the President

  • Dr. Marc Long

Welcome to Mount Marty College! For 80 years, we’ve focused on preparing students for a contemporary world of work, service to the human community, and personal growth.

When I have the opportunity to welcome new students to our beautiful campus, I mention the usual things — study hard, get involved, but don’t be over-committed. But I also encourage newcomers and visitors to get to know the Benedictine sisters, many of whom have spent their lives in the service of God at Mount Marty College.

With the inspiration that the Sisters provide, the faculty and staff of Mount Marty College create a sense of wonder for those who study and work here. As a community, we seek to answer questions and better understand those things that perplex us. We strive to make our corner of the world better each and every day, to serve God, and to love those around us.

It is often said that education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. I hope you’ll “light your fire” with us at Mount Marty College.

 — Marc Long


Mounty Marty College’s 11th president, Marcus Long, assumed office on July 15, 2015, capping a two-decade higher education career at three universities. During his time at Mount Marty, he has led efforts to increase enrollment, foster growth and visibility across the entire college, focus on relationships with key partners, and implement Benedictine leadership programs and management principles across the college and beyond. In 2019, Long was elected chair of the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities, an organization of 13 Catholic, Benedictine universities in the United States and Canada. He also serves as vice chair of the Great Plains Athletic Conference’s Council of Presidents and will become chair in 2021.


Prior to joining Mount Marty, Long served as a senior executive at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, one of the largest and oldest colleges of pharmacy in America, located within the Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Between 2007 and 2015, Long served as vice president for marketing and communications, chief of staff to the president, and vice president for administration. During his time in St. Louis, he also taught political science classes, maintained a health policy research program, and assisted Franciscans International with public policy work at the United Nations. Before moving to St. Louis, Long was a member of the communications leadership team at the University of Missouri, ultimately becoming director of university affairs with responsibility for university-wide marketing programs.


Long received bachelor's degrees in political science and history, and a master's degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri. He earned a Ph.D. in education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a dissertation focused on health risk behaviors of college students. Long maintains an active research program in the history of higher education and a research interest in health behavior.


Long currently serves on the boards of both Yankton Area Progressive Growth and the United Way and Volunteer Services of Greater Yankton. He and his wife, Lisa, live in rural Yankton and are the proud parents of adult twin sons who live in Missouri. In 2019, Long became a Benedictine oblate of Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton.

The Mount Marty College (MMC) Strategic Plan sets a clear, achievable, measurable, and powerful path to a future of greater institutional distinction. This plan is structured to promote positive change by inspiring strategic thinking, encouraging collaborative work, enhancing areas of strength, and supporting timely and data-driven decision making.

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Dr. Marcus Long — President

Katie Harrell — Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator

Sister Candyce Chrystal, Ph.D. — Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Christian Hunhoff —  Chief Information Officer 

Christopher Kassin — Athletic Director

Sister Marietta Kerkvliet — Vice President for Mission

Tabitha Likness — Vice President for Finance and Administration

Stephanie Moser — Dean of Enrollment

Joanna Mueller — Assistant to the President

Barb Rezac — Vice President for Advancement