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The Board of Trustees of Mercyhurst University today announced the appointment of Michael T. Victor, J.D., LL.D., as the 12th president of Mercyhurst University. The vote took place during a special meeting of the board on May 19, 2015.

Currently president of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Victor is expected to assume his duties at Mercyhurst on or about Aug. 1. He succeeds Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., who is retiring as president after nearly a decade in the role and following a 30-year affiliation with the university.

victor quoteThroughout his nine-year tenure at Lake Erie College, Victor never lost touch with his Erie roots and maintained his family home here, where he is widely respected as a civic and business leader, attorney, entrepreneur and fundraiser who has risen through the ranks of administrative positions in higher education.

Victor also rose to the top of a crowded field of presidential hopefuls as Mercyhurst’s national search – led by a dedicated committee of Mercyhurst trustees, alumni, faculty, an administrator and a student – progressed. The committee considered several highly accomplished leaders with diverse backgrounds from a pool of nearly 100 candidates. The intensive six-month search was headed by trustee co-chairs Richard A. Lanzillo and Joseph G. NeCastro with assistance from R.H. Perry & Associates.

“This is an amazing leadership opportunity at this stage of my career as well as a chance to come home to an institution and city I love,” said Victor. “I am deeply honored to be named the 12th president of Mercyhurst University and am excited to engage the entire Mercyhurst community in creating a future that sustains the university's distinct mission in an ever-changing higher education environment.”

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