President, Spring Hill College
Mary H. Van Brunt, Ph.D. began her service as president of Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL on January 1, 2023, making history as the first female to serve in the top leadership role.
Dr. Van Brunt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA, a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.
Van Brunt brings to Spring Hill more than twenty years of leadership experience in Catholic higher education, including roles as Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and founding Academic Dean. Her strengths are in the areas of strategic planning, new program development and assessment, fundraising, and team building. She also spent twelve years in the banking, securities, and pharmaceutical industries.
Van Brunt most recently served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gwynedd Mercy University in Gwynedd Valley, PA, and as Founding Dean of the School of Business, Arts and Media at Cabrini University in Radnor, PA. As an award-winning economics professor, she has received the NCES/AEFA New Scholar Dissertation Award, the Warren York Fellowship, and the Charles R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching.
She has been inducted into several honor societies including the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, the Beta Sigma Gamma Honor Society, and the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Catholic Honor Society. She is a published author, consultant, certified global business professional, and prior certified management accountant.