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Elizabeth Monahan

Elizabeth Monahan

Chief of Staff

Office of the Chief of Staff

Elizabeth C. Monahan is the chief of staff at Mount St. Mary’s University. She serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet with responsibility for external relations with key government and other agency officials, oversight of university operations, coordination of legal actions with partner law firms, and service as the recording secretary for the Board of Trustees.

Monahan was the founding director of the Center for Catholic School Excellence (CCSE) within the School of Education. Through her various roles, including her longstanding directorship of the CCSE and additional roles as an instructor, academic advisor of the Catholic High School Dual Enrollment Program and Adult Undergraduate Program, Monahan has made many connections to people and organizations in Frederick County and the state. Prior to her role in the CCSE, she served as the Director of Graduate Studies in Education and led the university’s Bicentennial from within the Office of Advancement.

As CCSE director, Monahan supported the university in its commitment to Catholic education by providing professional development, consulting services, strategic planning, and dual enrollment programs to Catholic schools in the Mid-Atlantic region. She is experienced in working with boards, including the CCSE Advisory Board of prominent Catholic school leaders. Her excellent work has been recognized with the receipt of the Fr. John McElroy Award from the Friends of Catholic Education, Inc., and the President’s Medal from St. John’s Catholic Prep, both in 2019, as well as the Excellence in Education Award from the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce in 1990. Monahan has also been awarded numerous honors from the Mount, including the Outstanding Merit Award in 2017 and the Bicentennial Medal in 2008.

Monahan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University and a Master of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She and her husband Peter, a 1982 graduate of the Mount, own the award-winning Federal Pointe Inn in Gettysburg. They enjoy spending time with their two daughters, Caroline and Elizabeth, and son-in-law John Paul.