Sister Thomas Welder
Sister Thomas is recognized as a woman who lives, serves and leads by example. She has served on numerous boards and has been actively involved in professional and religious affiliations on both a state and national level. Under her leadership, Mary College in Bismarck, N.D., expanded to university status in 1986, and has added undergraduate and graduate degree programs at locations through the state and region. During her presidency, enrollment has grown from 925 students to more than 2,800 students in 2007.