Laura M. Zirkle, Ph.D., has been named vice president for student life at Mercyhurst University.
A 15-year administrator at the university, Zirkle began her tenure in 1999 as director of residence life, followed by posts as director of residence life & student conduct and assistant vice president for student life. Her most recent position, assumed in 2010, was associate vice president for student life.
Zirkle is largely responsible for the oversight of 56 student residences, including residence halls, apartments and townhouses with a residential population of more than 2,000 students. She also assumes responsibility for the nine departments that comprise the division of student life, including campus involvement, residence life, health center, counseling center, learning differences, career development, multicultural center, internship programs, and police & safety.
Prior to coming to Mercyhurst, Zirkle held residence life positions at Clarion University. She earned her doctoral degree in organizational learning and leadership from Gannon University, a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University, and undergraduate degrees in English and history from the University of Findlay.
Zirkle assumes the post formerly held by Gerry Tobin, Ph.D., who has joined the psychology department as an associate professor.