CMSV Celebrates Sr. Margaret Egan’s 45th Anniversary

Founders’ Day, April 20, 2016

The following was read at the College of Mount Saint Vincent Founders Day ceremony.

Margaret-EganWe are here to celebrate Sister Margaret’s 45th anniversary at the Mount—her 45-year commitment and extraordinary achievements to teacher education is unpararelled in the history of the Mount.

Sister Margaret’s academic career began in 1971 when she joined the faculty of Teacher Education. She served as a faculty member of Teacher Education for 8 years before becoming chair of the department in 1979. After two years as chair, she became Dean of Students and then Vice President of Student Development.

In 1988, Sr. Margaret returned to the education department. For the next 18 years, she guided the department, improved the quality of existing courses, and began several innovative programs that strengthened the reputation of Teacher Education at the Mount. She worked tirelessly at building and maintaining collaborative relationships with our cooperating K-12 schools. Her high expectations for the Teacher Education students and faculty helped to establish our education program’s reputation for excellence.

Sr. Margaret is the recipient of the R. Neal Appleby Outstanding Teacher Educator Award in 2014. This award is given each year by the New York State Association of Teacher Educators to recognize a person who has worked to nurture the intellectual, personal, and professional development of teachers. Throughout her career, her influence on her students and colleagues has been profound. A former student at the Mount, Ms. Elizabeth Ferri writes, “Sister Margaret taught me to be a thoughtful, fair teacher. She instilled in me a drive to continue to grow as an educator and keep working to perfect my craft.”

Without her, Teacher Education department wouldn’t be the same. She is the backbone of our Teacher Education department and will be the legacy to all students who went through and will go through the program. We express our respect, love, and gratitude to her.

We are looking forward to at least another five years with Sr. Margaret, to celebrate her 50th anniversary at the Mount in 2021.

6 Responses to CMSV Celebrates Sr. Margaret Egan’s 45th Anniversary

  1. Sister nancy April 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

    Hoping that you will celebrate your 60th at CMSV. You are the best. Sister NancySC

  2. Pat walsh April 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm #

    The B E. S. T. To the B. E. S. T. … You certainly are one of the most conscientious, talented, honest, long suffering, innovative, creative AND brilliant teachers that I have ever met! God bless!
    Love, Pat Walsh SC

  3. Eileen P. Walsh April 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

    Congratulations Margaret, it all started on the Westside we are so lucky to have you so quietly sharing our mission these past 45 years at MSV. Continue to do so your past students are still singing your praises God bless

  4. Anne Egan Micera April 21, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    In addition to the above, you can play the violin and the drums, wield a

    formidable baseball bat, and serve up a creditable fried zucchini platter. You are truly

    a multi-talented connoisseur. Congratulations!!!

  5. Liz Blake April 23, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    Marg, To be blessed with many talents is one aspect of your person. In my view & experience, what stands out is the LOVE you exhibit by your actions….visible evidence of Jesus’ words, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

  6. annemarie April 24, 2016 at 1:39 am #

    Oh, Aunt Margarit-aville, you absolutely rock!! I have always been astounded by all you do, and now I’m challenged once again! Congratulations, and thank you for YOU. You are an inspiration, not to mention your sense of humor ….Continued Blessings with your truly divine Love of Life–


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