Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, 1992 Belmont alumna, was named President of Aquinas College, the only four-year Catholic liberal arts college in middle and east Tennessee.
Sister Mary Sarah returned to Nashville in January to teach history at Aquinas and to prepare for her responsibilities as the school’s newest president. Former Aquinas president, Sister Mary Peter, O.P, is leaving to pursue graduate education at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colo.
Sister Mary Sarah, of Kansas City, Mo., became a part of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in 1988 before beginning her undergraduate education at Belmont and graduating in 1992. With a degree in biology and double minors in history and secondary education, Sister Mary Sarah spent the next few years teaching in schools all over the country including Nashville, Denver and Birmingham, among others.
From 1999-2003 Sister Mary Sarah served as the principal for Chicago’s Our Lady of Victory School and was then named principal of St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville until 2005. From 2005 – 2007 she served as assistant principal and academic dean of Bishop Machebeuf High School in Denver, Colo.
Throughout her years in administrative positions, Sister Mary Sarah continued her own education, believing in the importance of learning. In May 2005, Sister earned a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration (M.A.Ed.) from Dominican University in Chicago and in December 2008, she earned a second master’s degree in medieval History from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.