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Mercyhurst announces major academic restructuring

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mercyhurst University today announced a sweeping change to its academic structure with the formation of four new colleges, each with a full-time administrative dean. The academic restructuring is part of Mercyhurst University President Michael T. Victor’s efforts to streamline operations, improve efficiency and ensure accountability.

Victor began his tenure as the university’s 12th president on Aug. 1 and has made a considerable number of changes in short order.

In announcing the latest, Victor credited his new provost and vice president for academic affairs, Dr. David Dausey, with the expeditious planning and rollout. In describing the new colleges Victor said, “Mercyhurst is in the process of streamlining its academic operations to be consistent with best practice. We believe these changes will have a direct economic benefit to the university and will help us to be more efficient in our operations.”

The new colleges and their respective deans are: Zurn College of Natural and Health Sciences, Dean Michael Elnitsky; the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, Dean James Breckenridge; the Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Dean Leanne Roberts; and the Walker College of Business and Management, Dean Raj Parikh.

Dausey expressed his confidence in these new deans, stating, “Our new deans represent leaders in their respective fields who have significant experience in academic administration and a passion for the Mercy mission. I am confident that they will be significant change agents who will help Mercyhurst ascend to new heights.”

The new academic structure, which will be rolled out during the fall semester and fully implemented in the spring semester, replaces one in which Mercyhurst operated with 16 part-time deans across seven schools and three colleges. The new full-time deans will be given budgets and charged with the responsibility of ensuring that their colleges meet enrollment targets and financial goals.

Each of the colleges maintains a field of graduate, undergraduate, associate degree and certificate programs and covers all campuses and online learning initiatives.