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Hyland introduced as newest cabinet member

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dr. David C. Hyland, associate vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer of Mercyhurst North East, was introduced to the university’s Board of Trustees as the newest member of Mercyhurst President Michael Victor’s cabinet on Oct. 22 during the board’s fall meeting.

In naming Hyland to the cabinet, Victor said, “I look forward to David’s leadership, particularly as we work with our students on the North East campus to shape the programs and environments in which they can embrace opportunities and grow.”

Hyland, in turn, intends to play a pivotal role in sharing the North East story with the cabinet. He said, “MNE wholeheartedly embodies the Mercy tradition and that’s the message I want to carry forward as we work with the board and with cabinet to expand our reach and our programs to serve the first-generation student, the mid-career worker looking to retrain, the returning vet, and all students looking for that first step on the educational ladder.”

Hyland has had a long and successful career as a scholar-teacher and as an academic administrator. He began his career at Mercyhurst in 1995, holding a joint appointment in the departments of anthropology/archaeology and biology, and was promoted to full professor in 2008. He has also overseen and managed numerous labs, the biology department and the former School of Health Professions and Public Health. In 2015, he was promoted to his current posts.

Hyland earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. Though principally trained as a biological and archaeological anthropologist, his research interests are wide and varied. Taken together, Hyland’s work has always been about creating a holistic picture of the structure, function, history and culture of the human species.