March 31, 2011
MarySheila E. McDonald is Named
Associate Dean of La Salle’s School of Business
La Salle University has named MarySheila E. McDonald, J.D., the new Associate Dean of the School of Business. McDonald comes to La Salle from Philadelphia University where she served as an administrator with its school of business for 12 years.
“MarySheila brings energy and extensive experience to the associate dean position, and her passion for the Lasallian mission is inspiring,” said Paul R. Brazina, Dean of La Salle’s School of Business. “Her experience in managing graduate programs and working with accrediting organizations fits into the strategic initiatives of La Salle’s School of Business.”
In her new role, McDonald will work closely with Brazina in curriculum and faculty development at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She will also maintain the data associated with the University’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB) accreditation and ensure that the best practices with the business school such as the Business Co-op Scholars, Four-Year BS/MBA in Accounting, and Business 100 programs continuously improve.
“As a product of many years of Catholic education, I am thrilled to join an institution founded on Christian principles,” said McDonald. “During my research of the Christian Brothers for my interview process, I became fascinated with St. John Baptist de La Salle and his unique focus on educating poor French children on practical subjects such as commerce, French, (as opposed to Latin), and prayer. His followers, the Christian Brothers, continue the tradition of infusing education with down-to-earth practicality.”
“I am excited that La Salle’s School of Business is firmly rooted in the Lasallian mission,” said McDonald.
McDonald served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs at Philadelphia University since 2002. During her tenure, the enrollment in the full-time one-year MBA cohort tripled. She co-chaired the University’s Leadership Lessons Luncheon Series that brought high-profile executives to speak with MBA students on campus, and expanded and enhanced graduate and undergraduate program offerings. She also increased the University’s international program partnerships while broadening the international focus of the MBA students.
McDonald also taught business law courses, receiving the University’s Outstanding Teaching Award, and earned a nomination for the President’s Teaching Excellence Award. She also taught “Contemporary Legal Environment of Employee Benefit Plans” in the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist Program at The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.
McDonald earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross, and her juris doctor from Temple University’s School of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar, the American Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity, and the Delta Mu Delta international business honor society. She is also an Executive Board member of the Mid-Atlantic AACSB, is Chair of the Annual MBA Directors’ Forum, and is an executive member of the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia.
McDonald resides in Wayne, Pa., with her husband Bob, and is the mother of Michaela, Rob, Kiersten, and Kara. Kara will be a La Salle freshman in the fall.