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Saint Joseph's College Earns Top Honors for Multiple Online Health Programs

Saint Joe’s has been named as one of the nation’s best schools for online degrees and certificates in the healthcare field for its Master of Health Administration and Master of Science in Nursing programs going into 2024. Just six percent of regionally accredited colleges and universities earned a ranking position.

September 22nd, 2023|Categories: Press Room|Tags: , |

Online MHA Program Becomes First in Northeast to Earn CAHME Accreditation

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine announced that the initial accreditation of their fully online Master’s in Health Administration by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) makes it the first and only CAHME-accredited program of its kind in New England and the northeast.

June 1st, 2023|Categories: Press Room|Tags: , |

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College Leadership

Saint Joseph's College of Maine is a private, liberal arts college led by a board of trustees, a president, and a leadership team.

President Joseph CassidyPresident Joseph Cassidy, J.D.

Joseph L. Cassidy, JD is the 15th President of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. He has been involved in education for over 30 years, serving students as a grade school teacher, high school teacher, college professor, and for the last 10 years as a college President in the Maine Community College System. He joined Saint Joseph’s in 2023 following six successful years as President of SMCC, Maine’s largest community college with over 6,200 students. He was previously president of Washington County Community College (WCCC) for five years.

While at SMCC, Cassidy implemented a strategic planning process that engaged all facets of the community - faculty, administration, staff, and students - and led to whole college reform. His “pathways” approach has led to new procedures and advising structures throughout the college, all designed to remove barriers to student success. He also expanded opportunities for success beyond SMCC with the creation of new and more robust articulation agreements with colleges throughout Maine and New England.

In addition to serving as president at SMCC and WCCC, Cassidy simultaneously served as interim president at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor for the 2015-16 academic year. Cassidy began his career at WCCC as a faculty member. He once served as president of the WCCC Faculty Association and as mayor of the City of Calais.

College History

From the time the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Portland, Maine in 1873, they dreamed of applying the educational goals of Sister Catherine McAuley, who founded their order in Dublin, Ireland in 1831. After working toward this goal, the Portland Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas founded Saint Joseph’s College in 1912 on the grounds of the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse in the Deering district of Portland. It was chartered by the Maine Legislature in 1915. In 1949, the name of the College was changed, briefly, from Saint Joseph’s College to The College of Our Lady of Mercy. When the Sisters purchased the Verrill Estate and moved the College to Standish in 1956, they reinstated the original name of Saint Joseph’s. Less than fifteen years later, in 1970, Saint Joseph’s became a co-educational institution. Then, in 1976, the College became a pioneer in distance education programs.

With more than a century of history, Saint Joseph’s College remains as Maine’s Catholic, liberal arts college, situated on the 474-acre campus on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine, where students and staff enjoy views of  Mount Washington and the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. The College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees for men and women of all faiths and ages through campus and online educational programming.