Dr. Anne Carson Daly
"Dr. Daly brings a wealth of experience to this position with a resumÃ© that spans more than three decades in education, government and private industry,"said Dr. Bill Thierfelder , president of Belmont Abbey College."
Her broad view of education, which comes not only from teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, but also from a background in research and policy communications, will be a great asset to the College. I believe she will be instrumental in our continuing effort to build Belmont Abbey College ’s national reputation for academic excellence in keeping with our Catholic and Benedictine intellectual tradition.”
Daly was the choice of the College’s search committee following an extensive search. The committee was chaired by Abbot Placid Solari, currently chancellor of the college and also a former academic dean, and consisted primarily of the faculty representatives on the Academic Affairs Committee of the College.
“Dr. Daly was by far the most qualified of the candidates who emerged from our national search,” said Abbot Placid. “She has a breadth of experience, a lively intellectual creativity and solid academic credentials. Furthermore, she has the strength of character and communication skills to be a forceful advocate for the academic program both within the college administration and with outside constituencies. She is immersed in the Catholic intellectual tradition, which is the core of Belmont Abbey’s educational tradition.”
Daly, who has published and spoken on a wide range of scholarly and popular issues in the U.S. and abroad, has taught at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame, and Georgetown University. She also has taught for the New Hampshire Teachers’ Academy, for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and at the California Polytechnic Institute. Most recently, Daly served as a corporate communications consultant and, prior to that, as Director of Policy Communications for Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company. From 1987-1994, she worked for the National Advisory Council on Educational Research and Improvement, which advised the President, the Congress, and the Secretary of Education on educational issues nationwide. Daly was also an education research fellow at the U.S. Department of Education.
“Belmont Abbey College is a special, blessed place with a terrific sense of community, and it is a community devoted equally to faith and reason,” said Daly. “I feel privileged to work with a faculty that is not only remarkably talented but also extremely devoted to both the College and their students.”
Daly earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in English Literature from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a B.A. in English Literature and History from Mount Holyoke College. She is a board member of the University of St. Thomas ' Center for Business Ethics and of the Lexington Institute. She also is a former trustee for the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and for the Manresa Educational Corporation.