St. Catharine, Ky. – Dr. Cindy Meyers Gnadinger has been selected as the eighth president of St. Catharine College, effective July 1. Gnadinger previously served as the college’s provost.
Gnadinger, who earned a doctorate of education in supervision of instruction from University of Louisville, will succeed William D. Huston at the liberal arts institution in St. Catharine, Ky. Huston was named president in 1997. He announced his retirement in February after serving 18 years as the college president.
“I am enthusiastic about the credentials and energy Dr. Gnadinger brings to St. Catharine College. In particular, her academic background and appreciation of the Dominican charism are aligned with the mission of the college,” said John Turner, chairman of St. Catharine College’s Board of Trustees.
Gnadinger joined St. Catharine College in June 2014 as vice president for academic affairs. She was quickly promoted to provost, with responsibilities including overseeing faculty, academic programs, accreditation, the Emily W. Hundley Library, the Office of Student Success, the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Admissions and the Financial Aid Office.
Prior to joining the St. Catharine College administration, Gnadinger served as vice president for academic affairs at William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and as assistant vice president for academic affairs at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
Gnadinger spent 13 years at Bellarmine University, serving as a professor, department chair, dean and assistant vice president for academic affairs.
While at Bellarmine, she led the development of four new graduate degree programs, coordinated formal outreach initiatives to community agencies and established the Bellarmine Center for Teaching, Excellence, and Leadership.
Gnadinger is also a Fulbright Scholar with research interests that include the teaching and learning processes in P-12 and higher education settings. She also brings experience in seeking external funds, with her efforts resulting in the procurement of approximately $3 million in contributions.
Gnadinger said she looks forward to leading St. Catharine College into the future.
“I am honored to serve as the eighth president of St. Catharine College,” she said. “I look forward to building on the strong foundation that has been established at this historic institution. I am grateful to the Board of Trustees and the Dominican Sisters of Peace for the confidence they have placed in my leadership. The Dominican pillars of prayer, study, ministry, and community make St. Catharine an ideal place for me to continue my work with faculty, staff, and students. I am eager to get started and look forward to working with our community to enhance the impact of our college.”