Sr. Anne Munley at commencement

Sister Anne Munley IHM, Ph.D., is Marywood’s 11th president.  She was elected President of Marywood University by the University Board of Trustees in January 2007 and began her presidential tenure on July 1, 2007.

Prior to her presidency, Sister Anne served as the Executive Director of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC), a program that provides leadership and financial training to women religious in six Sub-Saharan countries.  Sister Anne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, History, and Government from Marywood.  She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from The Catholic University of America and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston College. 

Sister Anne brings to the University a wealth of experience as an administrator, educator, and sociologist. The president’s professional background includes a variety of global experiences, including service as the Director of Programs and Social Mission for the International Union of Superiors General, Rome, Italy, from 2003-2006.  Sister Anne was President of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, from 1994 to 2002, and she also has served nationally and internationally as a consultant, presenter, and facilitator for numerous religious congregations. 

 She previously served Marywood as its Director of Planning and Institutional Research and as an Assistant Professor of Sociology.

Sr. Anne Munley with students in front of the Rotunda

 A prolific writer, Sister Anne has authored and coauthored numerous books, articles, and pamphlets, including, most recently, a book titled, Understanding and Counteracting Trafficking in Persons:  The Acts of the Seminar for Women Religious, which she co-authored with Stefano Volpicelli, Bernadette Sangma, Pino Gulia, and Roberto Rossi.  The book has been published in English and Italian.

She has presented nationally and internationally on a range of topics, including spiritual leadership, the positive potential of globalization, and cross-cultural understanding as an expression of mission.  She presently serves as board member for:  The Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC), the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC), Scranton, Pennsylvania; the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, the Lackawanna Industrial Fund Enterprise (LIFE), the Regional Innovation Collaborative, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU).

Sister Anne has been an ex officio member of the boards of Marywood University and St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton Pennsylvania; Maxis Health System, Carbondale, Pennsylvania; and Our Lady of Grace Montessori School and Center, Manhasset, New York.  Additionally, she has held several leadership roles in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) Silver Spring, Maryland, including national service as LCWR president and membership on its executive committee and national board.