Meet the President

Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis was named the first President of Saint Joseph Academy in July 2006. At that time, she was one of the few female executives in the city of Cleveland to hold the position that focuses more on the business and development end of school operations.

With her strong global business background and a deep understanding of the Academy’s traditions and mission, Mary Ann brings a unique perspective to her role. She is particularly interested in expanding the global perspective of the more than 700 young women students due to her extensive international experience. Mary Ann is also focused on ensuring the Academy’s academic offerings, programming and physical facilities meet the needs of the dynamic learning environment and growing enrollment of students.

She is a previous member of the Board of Directors and twice served as board chair for her alma mater. Mary Ann earned her B.A. degree at John Carroll University in 1975 and her M.S.M. degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1976. Mary Ann earned a diplôme from the Sorbonne while studying abroad during her undergraduate education. For 27 years Mary Ann worked at American Greetings Corporation, starting as a sales representative and rising to Senior Vice President. Among Mary Ann’s various roles, she managed the company’s operations in Australia and New Zealand while living overseas and was later Senior Vice President of International Operations, responsible for all business operations outside the U.S. and Canada.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Fairview Hospital Community Advisory Board. Her previous board experience includes Saint Ignatius High School, John Carroll University, The Visiting Nurse Association Hospice, In Counsel with Women, and as mentioned, Saint Joseph Academy.

In 2019, she was named a “Notable Women in Education” by Crain’s Cleveland Business. This honor celebrates women in the education field dedicated to creating and expanding learning opportunities for Northeast Ohioans of all ages, at all levels and in a host of fields. Four years prior, Mary Ann was named a “Woman of Note” by Crain’s Cleveland Business, an honor given to community leaders who illustrate strength, success and fortitude in successful and varied careers. In addition, Mary Ann has been honored as a Distinguished Alumna by both Saint Joseph Academy and John Carroll University. Other honors include the 2002 Greater Cleveland YWCA Women of Achievement award, the 2003 Irish American Archives Society Walks of Life award, the 2004 Rainmaker by Northern Ohio Live magazine, the 2007 Athena Award from Athena International, the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Greetings Corporation in 2007, and The Irish Voice’s prestigious “Irish Education 100" list for 2011. Mary Ann is a member of the Leadership Cleveland class of 2008.

Mary Ann is a longtime parishioner at St. Malachi Church in Cleveland where she is a Eucharistic Minister and lector.