University of Saint Mary
4100 S 4th St.
Leavenworth KS 66048
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 6825151
Mission Statement

The University of Saint Mary, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth:

  • Aspires to educate students in the liberal arts tradition to realize their God-given potential as creative, thinking, ethical persons who are spiritually grounded so that they contribute to the well being of our communities, country, and world. 
  • Aspires to educate health care providers so that the nation’s growing health care needs might be met. 
  • Aspires to educate students of diverse backgrounds and, in the spirit of Saint Vincent DePaul, has a special concern for first-generation and low-income students.
The University of Saint Mary educates students of diverse backgrounds to realize their God-given potential and prepares them for value-centered lives and careers that contribute to the well being of our global society. Our core values: Community, Justice, Respect, and Excellence.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Sister Diane Steele SCL, Ph.D.
Board Chair Mr. Frederick Tromans
Board Chair Company Affiliation Tromans-Slosburg Investments
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1868
Former Names
Saint Mary College
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

The University of Saint Mary, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth:

  • Aspires to educate students in the liberal arts tradition to realize their God-given potential as creative, thinking, ethical persons who are spiritually grounded so that they contribute to the well being of our communities, country, and world. 
  • Aspires to educate health care providers so that the nation’s growing health care needs might be met. 
  • Aspires to educate students of diverse backgrounds and, in the spirit of Saint Vincent DePaul, has a special concern for first-generation and low-income students.
The University of Saint Mary educates students of diverse backgrounds to realize their God-given potential and prepares them for value-centered lives and careers that contribute to the well being of our global society. Our core values: Community, Justice, Respect, and Excellence.
Background Statement The University of Saint Mary (USM) provides a Catholic, coeducational applied liberal arts education. Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, USM is a four-year, private, not-for-profit university. USM serves the entire Kansas City metropolitan area, drawing students to its sites from the Kansas and Missouri bi-state community, 30+ additional states and multiple countries. The campuses, located in Leavenworth and Johnson counties, are coeducational with a combined enrollment of about 1,350. USM offers over 30+ majors, minors, and concentrations, nine master's degrees, and a doctoral program. USM always attempts to respond to students' and society's changing needs. Thus, USM has a growing specialty in health care education, including the new doctorate of physical therapy program. To serve our adult students we teach in the evening and online. True to its tradition and founders, USM lives its Vincentian heritage by weaving service to one's neighbor into the very life of the university from the core curriculum, to the athletic teams, to campus ministry, to the service clubs. USM believes that one's education serves not only oneself, but one's community. An education obligates one to give back to society so that others might also flourish. USM has historically and continues to serve primarily middle and low income students. A high percentage of these continue to be first generation students.
Impact Statement
The University of Saint Mary is building a more just and peaceful society by preparing students to think critically and creatively and to lead value-centered lives. We educate a large number of young students who come from low income families, and about 40 percent of our undergraduates are first-generation students--the first in their families to attend college. We believe the permanent solution to poverty is education, and we believe in instilling a sense of service in our student body.
  
During the recently completed academic year, USM enjoyed several major accomplishments. The university currently has record total enrollment of about 1,350 students on campus and online. The first cohort of USM's first-ever doctorate program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy,  graduated in 2015. And students in our newest programs--master's in athletic training, and cyber security--started in the Summer and Fall of 2017. For the 13th consecutive year, USM was named a Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review. And USM again earned designation as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine. And our student success office, working in tandem with our academic resource center, has helped boost student performance and retention.
  
For the coming academic year, USM will continue on its mission of offering premiere health care offerings as Saint Mary seeks to expand its specialty in health care education. USM also will grow our enrollment, and maintain our dedication to academic excellence through new programs.
  
USM has dedicated itself to promote the Vincentian heritage of the university. This is in collaboration with a new program which will ask students to answer these questions: Who am I?, Who is God?, and What am I called to do?
  
And finally, USM is undertaking a major campus-wide improvement effort--The Campus for Tomorrow vision--that has seen construction and renovation projects spring up across campus to improve the student experience.  
Needs Statement

Our Sisters of Charity heritage invokes us to adapt so that we can meet the changing needs of our students and the greater community. In order to meet those needs, USM is focusing on building health science programs, STEM related programs while also strengthening our liberal arts foundation. We are pursuing the following goals:

  • USM will raise a total of $30 million over three different phases to build a new athletics complex, remodel our dining hall, renovate various facilities, and enhance our campus. The first phase is complete, and USM is looking to raise over $3 million to complete renovations to the library, turning it into an active learning center.
  • Continue to fund $7 million in annual scholarships. 99% of USM's students receive financial aid, and 40% are first-generation. The need for nursing scholarships for underserved populations is also a priority.
  • USM has added new athletic training and exercise science programs, and is exploring a new master's in occupational therapy program.
  • USM has launched a new Triple Advantage Professional Accountancy Program that will allow students to achieve their B.S. during their 4th year, sit for their CPA during their 5th year and qualify for an MBA during year 6. This program currently has 24 students. 
Service Categories
Higher Education
Roman Catholic
Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
Areas of Service
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
AK
CA
IA
MT
NE
OK
TX
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement The University of Saint Mary's (USM) tradition and commitment to serving middle and low income student means that USM is always challenged to generate and raise the funds necessary to provide adequate scholarships for these deserving students. With new leadership we have grown both the endowment and the annual fund. Because we were a women's liberal arts college that focused on service careers for the majority of our history, many alumni are not of high net worth. Our alumni are extremely supportive and contribute at an exceptionally high rate. However, the amounts they are able to contribute compared with others schools is low. USM needs to do a better job of telling its story and sharing its successes. Here the characteristic virtues of the founders-humility, simplicity and charity-have not served USM to expand its pool of supporters. With a strong marketing department in place, we are getting the word out about USM. However, we are still one of the greater Kansas City area's best kept secrets. A better public presence for USM would increase both funding and the student population.
Programs
Description 95% of University of Saint Mary (USM) students receive financial aid. Over 40% of USM students are Pell Grant recipients. 20% of the student body is minority. Over 60% are either low income or first generation students by federal standards. We believe access to higher education should be determined by one's academic achievment and work ethic; not by one's financial status.
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served At-Risk Populations, ,
Short-Term Success The number of students who leave college for financial reasons will no longer be the number one reason for leaving.
Long-Term Success USM has the financial resources to provide access to all students who have the intellectual capacity and work ethic to succeed regardless of their financial status.
Program Success Monitored By We track the number of students who leave for financial reasons.
Examples of Program Success Working with Noel Levitz, we have been able to use the data to reallocate more need based aid. The dollars we are able to provide in scholarships annually is now over $5 million.
CEO Comments Education is our mission and our passion. The quality of education at the university is and always has been outstanding. For the past 13 years, USM has been named A Best Midwestern College by the Princeton Review, which awards the honor only to colleges with reputations for excellence in academics. We struggle to provide access to students with the intellectual capacity to succeed in higher education, but lack the funds. We are a stronger democracy when lower income students become middle class working citizens. Moreover, the gospel demands we attend to the educational needs of our young brothers and sisters in need.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Sister Diane Steele SCL, Ph.D.
Term Start Aug 2001
Experience While President of Saint Mary, Diane Steele, Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, has seen a robust growth in enrollment--reaching levels unseen since the 1970s, developed curriculum for applied liberal arts, begun a capital campaign, established a Center for Peace and Justice, launched a nursing program, and attained the status of University. Steele is an alumna of Saint Mary, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1983. She has a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame and was assistant professor of Theology at Saint Mary. She taught in Montana, Kansas, and Missouri. She coordinated partnerships with area colleges, established a computerized writing lab and set up a Montessori daycare in the urban core of KCMO. She has served as director, Leavenworth/Lansing Chamber of Commerce; president of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference; on the Exec Board & the Exec Committee of the Kansas Independent College Association; as a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America & on the National President's Council of NAIA, and an honorary member of Rotary.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Richard Mucowski OFMAug 1997 - May 2001
Mr. James Reid Aug 1994 - Jan 1997
Senior Staff
Title Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services
Title Vice President for Admissions & Marketing
Title Provost and VP Academic Affairs
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 182
Paid Part-Time Staff 150
Volunteers 10
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 85%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 15
Asian American/Pacific Islander 6
Caucasian 271
Hispanic/Latino 9
Native American/American Indian 8
Other 5
Other (Please Specify) multiple races
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 185
Male 119
Not Specified 28
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
As an institution of higher learning, USM has multiple collaborations throughout the community and across the country. USM collaborates with Deltak/Wiley to provide a long distance RN-to-BSN program, a long-distance Health Information Management program, a long-distance Master of Science in Nursing program, and a long-distance MBA; USM collaborates with the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System to provide nursing education and ongoing education; with KCUMB on a medical school early admission program and for facilities usage; KY Med Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology speakers and other forms of outreach; St. Luke’s Hospital – a practicum site for Pastoral Ministry students; Numerous sites for HIM practica, such as the SCL Healthcare System, Providence Medical Center, Leavenworth VA, Consolidated Patient Account Center – Leavenworth, Cerner, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, etc.; and the USM music program faculty collaborate with several local high schools to provide music lessons for students.
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation1928
National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education - Accreditation1954
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education - Preliminary Approval2006
North Central Association of Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement - Accreditation1928
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
A Best College in the MidWestPrinceton Review2007
America's Best Value CollegePrinceton Review2008
Institutional Progress in Student Learning Outcomes AwardCouncil for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)2007
A Best College in the MidWestPrinceton Review2008
A Best College in the MidWestPrinceton Review2009
A Best College in the MidWestPrinceton Review2010
A Military-Friendly SchoolG.I. Jobs2010
A Best College in the MidWestPrinceton Review2011
A Best College in the MidwestPrinceton Review2012
A Military-Friendly SchoolG.I. Jobs2011
A Military-Friendly SchoolG.I. Jobs2012
A Best College in the MidWestPrinceton Review2013
A Best College in the MidWestPrinceton Review2014
A Military-Friendly SchoolG.I. Jobs2013
Military Friendly SchoolGI Jobs2014
Military Friendly SchoolGI Jobs2015
A Best College in the MidwestPrinceton Review2015
A Best College in the MidwestPrinceton Review2016
A Best College in the MidwestPriceton Review2017
A Best College in the MidwestPrinceton Review2018
Military Friendly SchoolGI Jobs2016
Military Friendly SchoolGI Jobs2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments The University of Saint Mary's (USM) leadership from its sponsoring members, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, to its Board of Trustees, to its leadership team is dedicated to the mission of providing quality higher education with added attention to ethics and spirituality to all students who are academically qualified despite their financial situation. Approximately 99% of USM’s students receive some form of financial aid. Over 40% of USM students receive federal Pell grants and about 40% are first generation college students. Since USM runs on a very tight budget, we operate under the adage of Mother Xavier Ross, founder of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, "Sister, if there is a job to be done consider it yours." All pitch in and work long hours to make the mission a reality. This approach also honors the dignity and contribution of every employee. We consider our educational mission our participation in the building of the Kingdom of God.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Frederick Tromans
Company Affiliation Tromans-Slosburg Investments
Term Aug 2013 to Aug 2018
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Ed Barker
Mr. Kenneth Blum
Ms. Mary Alice Bramming
Ms. Irene Caudillo
Mr. L. Joseph Contrucci
Mr. Augusto De La Torre
Mr. Rolland Dessert
Col. (Ret.) Stanley Evans
Ms. Kathleen Fogarty
Mr. Corey Hamilton
Sr. Eileen Haynes
Ms. Becky Johnston
Mr. Ken Karr
Ms. Kathryn Klug
Mr. John Kornitzer
Mr. Alan Lankford
Mr. John Murphy
Mr. Danny O'Neill
Sr. Jean Ann Panisko
Mr. Richard Perkins
Mr. Ed Spalty
Sr. Diane Steele SCL, Ph.D.
Mr. Frederick Tromans
Mr. Aaron Weissenfluh
Ms. Linda Winter
Ms. Kathleen Woods
Sr. Elizabeth Youngs
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 16
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Audit
Building
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Investment
Trusteeship
Program / Program Planning
Academic Affairs
Marketing
Student Affairs
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Sr. Eileen Haynes SCL
Sr. Peg Johnson Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
Sr. Jean Anne Panisko Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
Sr. Constance Phelps Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
Sr. Phyllis Stowell Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
Sr. Amy Willcott Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
CEO Comments The University of Saint Mary's (USM) leadership from its sponsoring members, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, to its Board of Trustees, to its leadership team is dedicated to the mission of providing quality higher education with added attention to ethics and spirituality to all students who are academically qualified despite their financial situation. Approximately 98 percent of USM’s students receive some form of financial aid. Over 40 percent of USM students receive federal Pell grants, and about 40 percent are first generation college students. Since USM runs on a very tight budget, we operate under the adage of Mother Xavier Ross, founder of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, "Sister, if there is a job to be done consider it yours." All pitch in and work long hours to make the mission a reality. This approach also honors the dignity and contribution of every employee. We consider our educational mission our participation in the building of the Kingdom of God.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $23,079,000
Projected Expenses $22,183,000
Endowment Value $19,846,577
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
Form 990s
2016 USM 990
2015 USM 990
2014 USM 990
2013 USM 990
2012 USM 990
2011 USM 990
2010 USM 990
2009 USM 990
2008 USM 990
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2013: Financial data reported from audited financial statements. 
  • Foundations/corporations revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$5,109,148$3,051,305$1,640,712
Government Contributions$75,000$162,192$0
Federal----$0
State----$0
Local----$0
Unspecified$75,000$162,192$0
Individual Contributions----$0
$0$0$0
$23,939,177$21,934,128$12,357,028
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,582,281$1,135,664$1,506,204
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$160,291$136,906$1,557,809
Revenue In-Kind$3,591$10,207$0
Other$16,405$54,422$76,758
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$23,377,538$22,335,223$13,668,093
Administration Expense$3,251,058$2,930,115$3,194,639
Fundraising Expense$1,030,246$980,610$370,000
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.121.010.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%85%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%29%12%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$40,366,465$36,902,660$36,163,065
Current Assets$9,126,250$8,681,534$14,998,912
Long-Term Liabilities$795,630$589,872$4,530,000
Current Liabilities$7,649,710$7,103,557$4,293,672
Total Net Assets$31,921,125$29,209,231$27,339,393
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.191.223.49
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%2%13%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $1,046,994 --Individual Donor $1,799,546
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $1,000,000 --Individual Donor $1,215,718
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $776,000 --Individual Donor $201,500
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose USM will raise a total of $30 million over three different phases to build a new athletics complex, remodel our dining hall, renovate various facilities, and enhance our campus.
Goal $21,000,000.00
Dates Feb 2015 to June 2021
Amount Raised to Date $12,161,013.00 as of July 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments The University of Saint Mary is making great strides toward a brighter future. Enrollment is at record levels, with the university recently welcoming its largest incoming freshmen class in history. Growing enrollment is the first key to financial growth and financial stability. New development is blooming across our campuses--a key driving force in our increasing enrollment. We are, in no small part, focused on funding those new programs and development in order to increase enrollment and ensure our students receive the best possible education and the best possible college experience. These efforts include new facilities, like our state of the art apartment-style dorm, and new programs, like our hallmark focus on health care offerings--including our first-ever doctorate, the doctorate in physical therapy. These initiatives, naturally, require significant funding. 
Organization Name University of Saint Mary
Address 4100 S 4th St.
Leavenworth, KS 66048
Primary Phone (913) 6825151
Contact Email Kathy.Tatom@stmary.edu
CEO/Executive Director Sister Diane Steele SCL, Ph.D.
Board Chair Mr. Frederick Tromans
Board Chair Company Affiliation Tromans-Slosburg Investments
Year of Incorporation 1868
Former Names
Saint Mary College