Marianne Evans Mount, PhD

About Marianne Evans Mount, PhD


BA English, Skidmore College, NY
MA English and Education, Columbia University, NY
MA Religious Education, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome
Advanced Catechetical Diploma, Congregation for the Clergy
PhD Human Development (Adult Learning and Distance Education), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, VA

Marianne Evans Mount became president of Catholic Distance University in 2008. She has served in a variety of leadership positions since the founding of CDU in 1983 as a catechetical institute offering paper-based correspondence courses. As CDU grew to become the international university it is today, with students from all 50 states and 60 countries, Marianne helped sow the seeds of that growth by serving as education director from 1983 to 1985 and as executive director from 1985 to 1996. Prior to being appointed president of CDU, Marianne was executive vice president from 1997 to 2008. In addition to raising her two children, Marianne spent her early career teaching English to high school and junior high school students and directing a high school religious education program at her parish.

As an accomplished scholar who earned her Ph.D. in Human Development from Virginia Tech in 2008, Marianne holds many degrees in a variety of academic disciplines.  Verlag Publishers published her dissertation, The Lived Experience of Adult Faith Formation in an Online Learning Community, in 2009. Marianne earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Skidmore College and her Master of Arts in English and Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She received her Master of Arts in Religious Education from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, and she furthered her religious education with an Advanced Catechetical Diploma from the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy. She also completed graduate courses in distance education at Penn State University.

In the academic community, Marianne currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Partnership for Human Development and on the Audit Committee of the Distance Education and Training Council. She is secretary of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Distance University. From 2000 to 2005, she served as associate director of the Board of Trustees for the Arlington Catholic Herald Diocesan Newspaper. She also volunteered at her local parish for many years as a Eucharistic minister. Marianne was invested as a Dame of Malta in 1998, and she served as a commissioner of the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council from 1998 to 2005.

As an innovative leader in the field of education, Marianne has received numerous awards and served as a presenter for a variety of organizations.  She received the DETC Distinguished Service Award in 2005, the Loudoun County Woman of the Year for Education Award in 2007, Mount St. Mary’s University’s Bicentennial Medal for pioneering work in Catholic distance education in 2007, and the Outstanding Graduate Research Award at the 27th Annual Research to Practice Conference in 2008.

EWTN Catholic Cable Television has featured Marianne on EWTN Live with Father Mitch Pacwa, and she has presented at numerous DETC workshops and panels through the years. She presented at the NCEA Conventions in 1993, 1994, and 1995; at the Diocese of Peoria, Diocesan Summer Institute in 1996; at the National Council of Catholic Women in 1998; and at the 2008 Annual Midwest Research to Practice Conference at Western Kentucky University. Marianne presented the keynote address at the Catechetical Conference, Diocese of Jackson, Miss., in 2009. She also served as a presenter at the Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences at George Mason University in 2009 and at the National Association for Lay Ministry Annual Meeting in 2012. She participated in a doctoral seminar in phenomenology at the University of Utrecht in late July and early August 2013.