Mercyhurst Magazine Summer 2015

Evolution of a university A look back through the Gamble administration

The birth of Mercyhurst University in 2012 may have been the high point of Tom Gamble’s tenure at Mercyhurst, but it’s just one of many developments that shaped the university during the 9+ years of his presidency. The following pages capture many of the milestones of the past decade, from new academic programs to new construction, from new outreach to underserved populations to initiatives that improve life in the Erie region. Gamble began his life’s work in the feld of children and youth services. He joined

Mercyhurst as an adjunct instructor in 1985 and soon founded the Mercyhurst Institute for Child and Family Policy, which evolved into the Mercyhurst Civic Institute in 1999. It has grown into a thriving college community partnership dedicated to the social, educational and civic well-being of the Erie region and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

department and to again focus on teaching, research and writing. Mary Gamble’s contributions to the college and community were also recognized. The art collection she has assembled will now be known as the Mary M. Gamble Permanent Art Collection of Mercyhurst University. Valued at more than $1 million, the collection includes pieces contributed following the nine “Friends of Mercyhurst” Art Shows she curated during her husband’s term.


In tribute to his service, the Mercyhurst Board of Trustees voted to rename the organization the Thomas J. Gamble Civic Institute of Mercyhurst University. After a sabbatical, Dr. Gamble plans to return to the psychology


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