Carrying Forth the Mission of Anna Maria College

Mary Lou Retelle


Mary Lou Retelle began her role as Anna Maria College’s 11th President on June 1, 2015. Retelle was named president following nearly a year of service as the College’s interim president. She was promoted to interim president in July 2014, following three years as Anna Maria’s Executive Vice President. As Executive Vice President since 2011, she oversaw the College functions related to admission and financial aid, student life and athletic programs.

Including her three years at AMC, President Retelle brings to this presidential appointment nearly 25 years of experience as an executive administrator at academic institutions. Most recently, she served as an enrollment consultant for Suffolk University following a total of 15 years at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. Positions held at Merrimack include Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. She also served as Director of Admission and Enrollment Management at State University of New York, Potsdam from 1991 to 1994.

President Retelle obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Merrimack College and her Master of Education in Student Personnel Services from Northeastern University in Boston.

Moving Confidently Into The Future

By Focusing on What We Do Best — Serving the Public Good