College Leadership

Maria College is led by Dr. Lea A. Johnson, president, who came to the college in 2012 after serving in higher education administrations for 17 years.

The Cabinet supports President Johnson in executing the strategic plan and meeting regularly to prioritize College initiatives. Cabinet members represent key functional areas within the College and hold responsibility for bringing policy, student, academic, communication|marketing and financial considerations to the President's attention.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall direction of the College. It approves the capital and operating budgets and supervises the long-range investments and planning for the institution. The Board also approves tuition and fees, major capital expenditures and the hiring of faculty members and executive leadership.

President's Welcome

Dr. Lea Johnson President of Maria College

Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to Maria College! As Maria’s president, it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to our institution. Maria offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for learning, and our reputation for academic excellence is known throughout the Capital region.

As a Sisters of Mercy institution, Maria College carries forth a long-standing tradition of offering service related majors. With educational programs in health sciences, psychology, liberal arts and business, the Maria curriculum offers opportunities for students to pursue numerous career interests. As high school students, transfer students, and working adults now think in terms of career ladders, more and more students are finding Maria to be a perfect fit.

Whether pursing a professional certificate or a degree program, our learning environment is one of small classes and close interaction with faculty. At Maria you are a name, not a number, and you’ll find this a campus where faculty and administration are highly invested in your success.

As a provider of higher education for over 50 years, we have realized the importance of keeping education highly affordable. A college education should not present an insurmountable financial burden for families, and at Maria we are working hard to keep our tuition in check. At the same time, we are focused on expanding our majors and providing these programs in flexible schedules to meet the needs of both the high school graduate and the adult learner. Day, evening, weekend and online classes are the future of higher education, and they are already a reality at Maria College.

I invite you to prepare for your future at Maria College. I can assure you it is an educational journey that will provide rich opportunity for stimulating personal growth and exciting possibilities for your future success.

Dr. Lea Johnson
President