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HAMBURG, N.Y. – After a national search, Margaret (Mamie) M. Smith has been appointed Vice President for Mission Integration and Campus Ministry at Hilbert College, President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D. announced today. Smith will be a member of the college’s senior leadership team and will be responsible for developing a deepened awareness of Hilbert’s Catholic Franciscan mission and ensuring its implementation and integration into the decisions, policies, procedures, programs, and activities of the College. The appointment will be effective on July 1, 2019.
“I am confident that Mamie will bring a thoughtful, spiritual, and welcoming approach to Hilbert’s mission integration and campus ministry,” Dr. Brophy said. “She is well-suited to serve the liturgical, pastoral, and spiritual needs of the college community, particularly our students including those from all faith traditions.”
For the past seven years, Smith has served in a ministry role at the University of Notre Dame. Most recently, she was a Rector, helping build community in residence with 250 students. Smith supervised a staff of eight and managed housing issues, facilities and maintenance requests, and move-in/move-out protocols. She was responsible for ensuring opportunities for spiritual life development through service, liturgy, prayer, and an annual retreat. Smith also advised students in academic, social, theological, and relationship matters. Previously, she served as Student Life Coordinator, Anchor Leadership Assistant, and Assistant Rector at Notre Dame.
Prior to Notre Dame, Smith served in pastoral care and direct service at Hope Ministries in South Bend, Indiana. She has experience as a therapist for the Wisconsin Early Autism Project. Smith was also an English as a Second Language teacher at Sakwan Academy in Daegu, South Korea, for children in kindergarten through middle school.
Smith, a native of Wisconsin, received a bachelor’s in English literature and theology from Marquette University and received her Master of Divinity from Notre Dame.
Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 800 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs in criminal justice administration and public administration, including a track in health administration.
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