The St. Mary's Way
St. Mary's College of Maryland lies in a setting of natural beauty and historic meaning which enhances our ability to reflect on our lives in an increasingly complex, technological, and interdependent world. As a member of St. Mary's College of Maryland, I accept the St. Mary's Way and agree to join in working with others to develop this College as a community:
- Where people respect the natural environment and the tradition of tolerance which is the heritage of this place
- Where people cultivate a life-long quest for disciplined learning and creativity
- Where people take individual responsibility for their work and actions
- Where people foster relationships based upon mutual respect, honesty, integrity, and trust
- Where people are engaged in an ongoing dialogue that values differences and the unique contributions of others' talents, backgrounds, customs, and world views
- Where people are committed to examining and shaping the functional, ethical values of our changing world
- Where people contribute to a spirit of caring and an ethic of service.
By choosing to join this community, I accept the responsibility of helping to build on its past heritage, of living its ideals, and contributing to its future.
Welcome to St. Mary's!
About the Interim Dean of Students
Roberto N. (Bert) Ifill came to St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics. He has taught a wide variety of courses in the department and has enjoyed working with our students as a teacher, informal advisor and mentor for four years. He looks at his new role at the College as a splendid opportunity to build on his experiences here and to fortify the already strong connection between living and learning at a residential liberal arts honors college.
Prior to St. Mary's, Bert held a number of positions in higher education, as a teacher, administrator, funder, and analyst. At Williams College, he taught economics and served as an Assistant Dean of the College and Dean of Freshmen. At Connecticut College, he performed a number of tasks, including Associate Dean of the College, Assistant to the President, and Dean of Planning. At Macalester, Bert served as the Assistant to the President for Multicultural Affairs. He first encountered St. Mary's as a program officer for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Bert earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and his AB from Dartmouth College. He actively participates in a number of vocal ensembles in the Washington DC area, ranging from a high-end chamber chorus to a close harmony a cappella group.