Mercyhurst Magazine Spring 2018

New dean named for Walker College

Brenda J. Ponsford, Ph.D., J.D., has been appointed dean of the Walker College of Business, efective Jan. 2, 2018. Previously, Ponsford served as dean of the Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University (VUU). Prior to her tenure at VUU, Ponsford was dean of Business and Aviation at Henderson State University (the public liberal arts university of Arkansas); and served as the MBA director and the marketing department chairperson at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She earned her doctorate in business administration, MBA and Bachelor of Science

’ New VP of mission integration named Sister Lisa Mary McCartney, RSM, will step down June 1 from her position as Mercyhurst s first vice president for mission integration. Though she’ll reduce her schedule from full time to part time, she’ll remain active on campus while Dr. Greg Baker steps into the cabinet-level job. Sister Lisa Mary, who joined the Sisters of Mercy during her sophomore year at Mercyhurst, earned a doctorate in English from the University of Notre Dame and joined the Mercyhurst faculty in 1980. She remained until 2008 when she was elected to the leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy in Erie. Appointed to the mission integration role in 2008, she was charged with ensuring that Mercyhurst s Mercy and Catholic heritage continues to fourish on campus. Thanks to her foresight, more than 100 staf and faculty members have completed the Mercy ’ - Emissary Program and committed themselves to helping preserve the legacy of our founders. Baker has served as director of Campus Ministry for the past 10 years and is an adjunct instructor for Catholic Studies. Before coming to Mercyhurst, he was director of youth and young adult ministry for the Erie Diocese, a parish youth minister, a Jesuit Volunteer, and a long-time camp counselor. He has served as president of Inter Church Ministries of Erie County and is currently working with Bishop Lawrence Persico on the diocesan Faith Formation Implementation Team. ’ Baker and his coworkers in Campus Ministry have overseen the growth of a dynamic ministry program centering on student leadership, a ministry whose scope is the envy of many Catholic colleges and universities. He has overseen the development of the popular Carpe Diem Retreat Program and MYRACLE, Mercyhurst s nationally recognized youth retreat outreach program. He earned his bachelor s degree from Gannon University, a master s in Theology from St. ’ ’ Bonaventure University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fordham University. He and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of four children.

in Marketing and Economics from Virginia Tech and her juris doctor from Concord University School of Law. She is widely published and has presented at more than 50 conferences here and abroad. Among her primary teaching and research interests are B2B Marketing, Channels, Customer Service, eCommerce, Logistics, Negotiation, Promotion and Strategy.

Beloved Lakers Athletic Director Joe Kimball retires Joe Kimball retired this spring as

then joined the City of Erie School District, holding a variety of positions including principal of Strong Vincent High School. He served as running backs coach for Gannon University from 2006 through 2008 before returning to Mercyhurst as AD to oversee 24 varsity sports and more than 600 student- athletes. A lifelong champion of student-athletes, Kimball has guided the Lakers’ ascent to national prominence in both NCAA Division I and Division II. And, thanks to his emphasis on academics, Mercyhurst student-athletes consistently outpace their peers in federal graduation rates and NCAA academic success rates. The Kimballs are the parents of three sons, Connor, Bryant, and Colin. Bryant and Colin are Mercyhurst alums.

Mercyhurst’s Athletics Director after a career in athletics that spanned more than four decades. From the early days of coaching youth basketball with his wife, Heather, to helping organize the Bob Sanders Camp for Erie Youth, to coaching college football and managing two dozen varsity sports at Mercyhurst, Kimball’s life has been deeply invested in building character, confdence and discipline in young people through athletic competition. A graduate of Syracuse University, he went on to earn a master of education degree from St. Lawrence University. After serving from 1984 to 1992 as head football coach at St. Lawrence, he came to Erie to head up the Lakers football team from 1993 to 2002. He


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