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President Gamble celebrates the change from Mercyhurst College to Mercyhurst University with students.

Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., became the 11th president of Mercyhurst in 2006.

Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Gamble was vice president of academic affairs at Mercyhurst University and a tenured associate professor of criminal justice and psychology. He is the founder and former director of the Mercyhurst University Civic Institute. Dr. Gamble began teaching at Mercyhurst as an adjunct faculty member in 1985 and joined the full-time faculty in 1997.

President GambleDr. Gamble earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy from Gannon University (magna cum laude) and a master of arts and doctorate in psychology from the Syracuse University and a doctorate in social psychology from the Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse. He also completed postdoctoral studies in child psychology at Yale University.

Prior to joining the faculty at Mercyhurst University, Dr. Gamble was the executive director of the Erie County Office of Children & Youth Services. He has been a key team member in establishing several initiatives at Mercyhurst and in the broader community. These include: the emergency shelter program for abused and neglected children at the Edmund Thomas Center, The Erie County Collaborative Board for Children and Families, the Erie County Children's Advocacy Center, the interdisciplinary minor in the psychology of crime and justice at Mercyhurst University, the Erie County juvenile detention screening program, the Pennsylvania model of child abuse risk assessment, the revised organizational structure of academic affairs at Mercyhurst University including replacing seven divisions with five schools led by doctoral-level academic deans, and the creation of the first institutional research office at Mercyhurst University.

Dr. Gamble has done extensive research and has been published in the area of the application of biological and psychological perspectives to the development of delinquency in the context of broader social forces, issues of mental health, gender and race in juvenile detention populations, and applied social research especially in the area of child welfare and juvenile delinquency.

Dr. Gamble is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees of Mercyhurst College; he chairs the Mercyhurst University Council and the Mercyhurst University Deans' Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Mercyhurst Preparatory School, the Erie Rotary Club, the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology.