Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2021

Looking forward … An update on the Presidential Search

As you know, Mercyhurst University is in the midst of a Presidential Search to determine its 13th president following the retirement of President Michael T. Victor.

Many of you responded to the committee’s

invitation to share your thoughts on the search. In all, we heard from more

The Board of Trustees has commissioned a search committee co-chaired by Stephen J. Fiedler ’85, treasurer of the board, and board member Atty. B. Scott Kern. The co-chairs are working in partnership with national search frm R.H. Perry & Associates and have appointed committee members to represent the university’s various constituencies. Your representatives include: b • Sister JoAnne K. Courneen, • Courtney Olevnik ’08 ’13M, A RSM ’64, vice chair, Mercyhurst president, Mercyhurst Staf w Board of Trustees Senate p • Yvonne J. Maher ’93, vice chair, • Emily Mosco Merski ‘04 ‘06M, P Mercyhurst Board of Trustees president, Mercyhurst Alumni Association • Rosemary D. Durkin ’77, A secretary, Mercyhurst Board of • Lucy Belleau, president, i Trustees Mercyhurst Student b Government c • John W. Saxon ’89, Trustee g • James Snyder, associate n • Christina M. Marsh ’88, Trustee professor of philosophy • Matthew W. Johnson ’99, • Jodi Staniunas Hopper, t Trustee associate professor of graphic o design h • Si As part of the process, we have created opportunities to engage the greater Mercyhurst community in this most important undertaking. We would like to take this opportunity to share our progress. S S Richard McCarty, president, Mercyhurst Faculty Senate

than 270 constituents who attended one of 10 forums. We want to thank everyone who took the time to provide insights into the qualities we should emphasize in our search, or to suggest potential candidates to ecome our next president. We are grateful for your help. s a result of your contributions and the hard work of our committee, e have prepared The Presidential Profle, a detailed job description rovided to potential candidates, which has been uploaded to our residential Search website at . Please take a minute to peruse its contents. t this writing, we are in full recruitment mode and later this month and nto April we will narrow the search to identify our fnalists. We hope to ring these fnalists to campus to engage in person with our college ommunity, but we will prepare for virtual meetings should COVID uidelines require them. If all goes according to plan, we hope to name a ew president in mid-May. We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the search process hus far, and appreciate your commitment to the continued excellence of ur university. We are confdent that when our search is complete, we will ave identifed an outstanding leader to take Mercyhurst forward. ncerely,

tephen J. Fiedler ’85 | B. Scott Kern, Esq. earch Committee Co-Chairs

ON THE COVER: Senior Intelligence Studies major Katie Johnston models a Mercyhurst-themed mask. Katie’s also vice president of the Mercyhurst Ambassadors and a manager with the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics. (Photo by Jeremy Hewitt ’07)

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