RELEASE: Sisters of the Holy Names Join Marylhurst University Board

Sisters Mary Breiling and Carol Higgins are named Marylhurst Trustees

Mary Breiling, Carol Higgins, Marylhurst University

Mary Breiling and Carol Higgins

Two leaders in the religious community, Sister Mary Breiling and Sister Carol Higgins, have been appointed to the Marylhurst University Board of Trustees. Both are members of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, and both have a long history with Marylhurst University. They join fellow Holy Names Sisters Roswitha Frawley, Jane M. Hibbard and Lynda Thompson on the university’s 26-member board of trustees.

“We are so pleased to welcome these two amazing women to our board,” said Melody Rose, president of Marylhurst University. “Our university will benefit immensely from their experience and insight as educators and as Sisters.”

Sister Mary Breiling worked in education as a teacher and principal for 24 years. While in education, she served for several years on the Governor’s Advisory Committee, Education Consolidation and Improvement Act (ECIA), Chapter II. In 1991, Sister Mary moved into business management, serving as treasurer on the leadership team of the Oregon Province, Sisters of the Holy Names, for 14 years. During this time, Sister Mary participated with the leadership of the Sisters to plan, develop and build Mary’s Woods, a continuing care retirement community, as well as other development and renovation projects on the Marylhurst campus. Sister Mary is a strong advocate of sustainable building and environmental sustainability; she recently built a guest house following the Living Building Challenge Guidelines. Sister Mary holds master’s degrees in science and business administration as well as a certificate in telecommunications management. Currently, Sister Mary also serves on the Province Leadership Team  for the U.S.-Ontario Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names, on Mary’s Woods Board of Trustees, and as co-chair of the Clackamas County Aging Services Advisory Committee.

Sister Carol Higgins leads Campus Ministry at St. Mary’s Academy. From 2010-14, she headed up Campus Ministry at Marylhurst University, where she also served on the faculty in the religious studies program. Sister Carole has 17+ years of experience as an educator. In addition to her years at St. Mary’s Academy and Marylhurst University, she served as teacher/administrator at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in North Portland and as principal at St. Peter Catholic School in Spokane. Sister Carol holds a doctoral degree in ministry from Washington Theological Union, master’s degrees in divinity (Marylhurst University) and education (University of Portland), and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Gonzaga University.


About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private, nonprofit applied liberal arts and business university 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving students who want to complete their bachelor’s degree or earn an advanced degree. Empowering students to impact the world since 1893, Marylhurst offers degree completion programs at the bachelor’s level, master’s degrees and professional certificate programs both on campus and online. We are the premier university that weaves together the liberal arts with professional studies and prepares graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.


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2017-03-30T01:04:24+00:00 December 29th, 2016|About Marylhurst, Releases|