[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

July 8, 2002


CUA President Announces New Dean for Metropolitan College


The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Sara Murray Thompson as dean of the university’s Metropolitan College, effective Aug. 15, 2002.

Dean Sara Thompson


“Dr. Thompson will bring a wealth of experience, energy and creativity to the position of dean of Metropolitan College,” Father O’Connell said. “Her familiarity with the greater Washington, D.C., area will enable CUA to be of even greater service to the region and its professional development.  I am delighted and grateful that she has joined our academic administrative staff.”     


The Bethesda, Md., resident has been working for the past two years as dean of the School of Professional Studies at Trinity College, where she also served as an associate professor of business administration. Responsible for directing curriculum and program development for undergraduate and graduate programs in liberal arts, business and other disciplines, she is credited with writing several successful grant proposals, including the winning bid for a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant — the largest in Trinity College’s history.


Dean Thompson also launched several new academic programs at Trinity College, including an M.B.A. and certificate and degree programs in information technology, business communication, international affairs and computer security.


Prior to her tenure at Trinity, she worked for three years as director of business and management at the John Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, where she also served as an assistant professor. She has published several scholarly articles on business and management. Dean Thompson also has professional experience outside of academia, conducting marketing and employee training in the health care field.


“Dr. Thompson is an experienced and innovative administrator who has a distinguished record of accomplishments in higher education,” said John Convey, CUA provost. “We look forward to her leadership of Metropolitan College.”


Dean Thompson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University. She went on to earn an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a doctorate in philosophy from Marquette University, where her major scholarly emphasis was on industrial psychology.


CUA’s Metropolitan College offers continuing education to adult, employed students who need a flexible course schedule, including weekend and evening classes. Offerings are concentrated in such fields as business, computer information systems and social science. The college also provides continuing education and certificate programs for business and professional groups, and provides an intensive English program for international students who need to improve their language skills.




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