Past President's Message

The USD Way - A Culture of Care

At the University of San Diego, people are valued for their individuality and for their contributions to the university’s goals. We recognize, support and appreciate our diverse student body, faculty and staff, and our goal is to build a strong sense of community through friendly and supportive relationships. All members of the campus community work together to make USD an institution that offers a superb education within the university’s Catholic tradition.

The USD Way is the living example of how we, as members of the campus community, treat our students, parents, guests, constituents and each other.  We value the whole person and strive to create opportunities for physical, spiritual, emotional and social enrichment.  We create space for contemplation and reflection, we value hospitality, and we participate in community outreach and work for social justice.  We create a warm, welcoming environment and treat each other and our guests with compassionate service. We go above and beyond to cultivate a culture of care in our day-to-day interactions, not as a task or transaction, but because it is who we are and it is why we do the work that we do.  We engage with each other in ways that the other person feels valued, cared for and respected, as we aspire to model values that are consistent with our rich, Catholic tradition. 

We strive to build and sustain policies, services and programs that support and further our institution’s mission and global vision. Our university continues to experience tremendous growth in program offerings and facilities, while at the same time we continue to emphasize our Catholic identity, our commitment to teaching and student development, and our focus on values and ethics.   The USD Way creates space for us to maintain tradition while also allowing us to be innovative and open to change. 

All of us contribute to the education of our students and the richness of our working environments.  We are committed to attract and retain the highest-quality faculty and staff to be a part of our vibrant institution. The USD Way is a contemporary expression of our Founders’ aspirations for this university; that is, creating and sustaining a culture of care for all whom we encounter.  Please join me in supporting the mission and vision of this great university and creating memorable experiences, the USD Way!


Mary E. Lyons, Ph.D.

Past President

Mary Lyons

Contact Information

Maher Hall 101
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4594
Fax: (619) 260-4630

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.