Mary Ann Scully, MBA ’79, named as next dean of Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business and Management
| By Rita Buettner
Mary Ann Scully, MBA ’79, has been named the next dean of the Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland. A distinguished leader and entrepreneur in the Greater Baltimore business community, Scully will begin in the role on July 1, 2022.
“Ms. Scully brings to the dean position her belief that Jesuit, liberal arts is the gold standard among all educational experiences. She also has a proven track record of helping organizations thrive, succeed, and evolve in challenging times,” said Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D., NCC, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Here at Loyola, we speak of our students graduating more than ready—Loyola Ready—for all that lies ahead. Ms. Scully’s career experience, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and deep appreciation for Loyola’s Jesuit values will prepare our students for internships, job opportunities, and lifetimes of personal and professional success.”
Scully co-founded Howard Bank and served as its chairman and CEO until the bank was recently sold. During her 18 years of leadership with the bank, she grew its assets from $17 million to $2.6 billion. Prior to joining Howard Bank, she worked in key leadership and management roles for First National Bank of Maryland, later Allfirst Financial, leading the firm in its international growth, driving strategic planning and business development, and building critical partnerships.
“I have been intentionally thinking about my next opportunity to be relevant and have an impact. This opportunity at Loyola offers an important intersection of the expertise that I’ve built up over the years, the experiences that I’ve had, and—very importantly—the networks I’ve built,” Scully said. “I want to leverage my experiences and my networks so that together we can ensure that Loyola is a powerhouse—and help our students create their own legacies of success and impact.”
Scully earned her MBA in Finance from Loyola in 1979 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She has served on boards of many local nonprofits and educational institutions. She is currently vice chair of the Greater Baltimore Committee and serves on the boards for the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Mount St. Joseph High School, and the Inner Arbor Trust.
“Mary Ann Scully has had tremendous business success throughout her career, and she brings to the role a wealth of expertise and experience in forging relationships,” said Robert Cawley, ’82, Loyola Trustee and co-chair of the search committee with John Coppola, ’99, MBA ’00, vice president for finance and administration/treasurer for Loyola. “The relationships she has built are within Baltimore, but they also extend throughout the region, nation, and in certain parts of the world. I look forward to seeing how those connections can pay off in significant ways for our students and for our alumni.”
At Loyola, Scully has served as a trustee and member of the Sellinger Board of Sponsors. She is highly acclaimed as a community leader throughout the region, gaining several recognitions such as being named a Henry Rosenberg Distinguished Citizen, a member of the Baltimore Sun’s Business and Civic Hall of Fame, the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s Industrialist of the Year, and a member of the Daily Record’s Inaugural Power 100, Influential Marylanders, and Top 100 Women, and American Bankers’ National 25 Women to Watch.
“Loyola is deeply committed to leaning into our role as an anchor institution in Baltimore, and we look forward to the ways that Mary Ann Scully will help us continue and strengthen that legacy,” said Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D., president of Loyola. “Her relationships within our city, throughout the region, and beyond will also lead to opportunities for our faculty and students.”
Throughout her career, Scully said she has found her liberal arts education has been key to leadership and relationship-building.
“It’s the liberal arts that give you context for what business does. I believe business is a noble profession. I know not everyone thinks of it that way, but businesses change lives. It’s the liberal arts that really give you context for that,” she said. “Loyola is at an inflection point. I think all schools of higher education are at an inflection point. As a learner, as a listener, and as a communicator, I think this is a wonderful time to lean in internally and listen to what the faculty are looking to do and then take that out into the business community with the connections I have.”
Loyola’s Jesuit values drew Scully to consider the role, as she appreciates the focus on the education of the whole person, the University’s motto of Strong Truths Well Lived, and the way in which the University tries to live out its values.
“Sellinger and Loyola are committing to a new future by selecting a non-traditional leader,” Scully said. “I think that takes courage, and I think the school should be applauded and people should pay attention to what it says about Sellinger and Loyola to their commitment to a new future.”
About the Sellinger School
Founded in 1980, Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management delivers an internationally recognized Jesuit business education. Recognized for its scholarship, ethical leadership, and tradition of excellence, the Sellinger School delivers a wide range of sought-after fields of study including eight undergraduate majors and seven undergraduate minors as well as full-time, part-time, and fully-online MBA and Master of Accounting programs. In-person classes are available on campuses in Baltimore, Columbia, and Timonium, Maryland.