Mercyhurst University

Mary Breckenridge, D.Ed.

Dean, Walker College of Business & Management; Director of Organizational Leadership, Associate Professor

Preston 308

(814) 824-2738

Mary B. Breckenridge (Missy) was the primary developer of the Organizational Leadership Master's program, which has been associated with the Walker College since its approval by Middle States. Missy has deep administrative experience across a breadth of programs and venues at Mercyhurst and other universities.  She plans to ensure a continued student and faculty culture marked by academic excellence.  Attention to and support of both adult and graduate populations will be an additional focus.  Her experience as a long time administrator, teacher and student of leadership will help Walker College navigate the new higher education landscape. 

Missy returned to Mercyhurst University in the summer of 2012 as an associate professor in the Organizational Leadership graduate program, while also acting as the director of the OL concentration in Higher Education Administration. 

Missy served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Notre Dame College (NDC) in Cleveland from 2008-2012. Prior to joining NDC in 2008, Missy spent the previous 13 years in a variety of capacities including graduate program director and associate dean of the Graduate College at Mercyhurst. 

Missy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in education from the University of Southern California, a teaching certification in social science, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 


B.A. Virginia Tech
M.S. University of Southern California
Ed.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Recent publications include: 

  • “Homeland Security – Related Education and the Private Liberal Arts College” in Homeland Security Affairs (2010), co-authored with Greg Moore, John Hatzadony and Kelley Cronin
  • “There’s No Place Like Home: The Effects of Childhood Themes on Women’s Aspirations for Leadership,” Journal of Women in Educational Leadership (2007), co-authored with Janet Wojtalik

Recent conference presentations include:

  • Professional Development for New Faculty
  • Council for Independent Colleges CAO/CFO Conference in Williamsburg, Va., November 2010
  • Women and Leadership at a Crossroad: Reflection on Past Influences and Present Practices, International Leadership Association Conference in Chicago, November 2006. 

Research interests are in the area of women, leadership and assessment in higher education.