Administrative Changes Announced

Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., president of Mercyhurst College, released changes within his new administration which took effect Wednesday, March 1, when he assumed the presidency.

A restructure of the Office of the President resulted in three new positions including the vice president of strategic planning, the vice president of enrollment and the position of senior counselor to the president.

“We believe the new administrative positions will augment the strength of our current leadership as we move forward in pursuit of our fundamental vision to seek understanding, live our values and make a difference in the lives of our students, our community and our world,” Gamble said.

James Adovasio, Ph.D., assumed the role of senior counselor to the president. In this position, he will oversee the administration at Mercyhurst’s branch campuses. Adovasio continues as director of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute, dean of the Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and chairman of the department of anthropology/archaeology. Prior to Mercyhurst, he served as a post doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution and as professor and chairman of the department of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh where he founded that institution’s Cultural Resource Management Program (CRMP). Under his direction, CRMP grew into the largest contract archaeology program in the world, employing over 200 people and conducting work in 27 states and five foreign countries. Adovasio also served as a commissioner with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Adovasio received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and doctorate from the University of Utah in anthropology.

Barbara Behan, Ph.D., accepted the established role of vice president of academic affairs. Behan had served as the associate vice president in academic affairs and as the dean of the School of Social Sciences. Behan joined the Mercyhurst community in 1985 as an assistant professor in the mathematics and computer systems department. Since that time, she has served as department director for the mathematics and computer systems department and division chair for the natural science and mathematics division. Behan has extensive experience as an analyst and programmer through her work at GE Information Systems, Army Security Agency; GE Missile and Space Division; and International Paper. She also has served as the director of the computer center and as a faculty member of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Behan earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Mercyhurst, a master of engineering from Penn State University, an MBA from Gannon University and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Heidi K. Hosey, Ph.D., has been named to the position of vice president of strategic planning. Hosey joined Mercyhurst in 1985 as director of basic writing, becoming assistant professor of English in 1992 and associate professor in 1995. She was granted tenure in 2001 and promoted to full professor. She currently serves as an associate vice president in the office of academic affairs and dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. After earning her bachelor of arts in English from Villa Maria College, Hosey earned her master of arts in English from Gannon University and her doctoral degree in literary theory and criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Hosey also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University in June 2003.

Michael Lyden, Ph.D., accepted the position of vice president of enrollment. This position will integrate enrollment policies and procedures for all of Mercyhurst’s campuses. Lyden, who continues to serve as the director of the Office of Adult and Graduate Programs at Mercyhurst, holds a doctorate in education policy studies from Harvard University as well as undergraduate and master’s degrees from Gannon University in general science and social studies, respectively. Lyden has 20 years of experience in education and training from his work with Aetna Inc., and University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. He also has worked in the field of employment policy in Erie and throughout New England.

Tom Billingsley, executive vice president for administration; Gary Bukowski, vice president of institutional advancement; Gary Brown, executive vice president of the North East campus; and Jane Kelsey, vice president of finance and treasurer, have retained their current positions. Mary Daly continues in her role as liaison to the board of trustees.
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