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Mercyhurst appoints new Ethics Institute leader

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dr. Verna Ehret

Dr. Verna Ehret, associate professor of religious studies at Mercyhurst University, has assumed Ieadership of the university’s Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society (ELIES), now entering its 10th year.

ELIES is best known for its distinguished speakers series and the annual Ethics Symposium for area high school juniors that it hosts in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Erie.

Ehret earned her doctorate in theology, ethics and culture from the University of Iowa. She has served as the regional coordinator for the Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion since 2012 and is also vice president of the North American Paul Tillich Society. In her new role, Ehret intends to expand the initiatives of the institute with additional student and community programming on professional and contemporary ethical issues.

ELIES was established in 2008 by a generous gift from John and Emily Costigan in honor of Evelyn Jacobson Lincoln, a member of the Mercyhurst Class of 1930. Evelyn Jacobson Lincoln was the mother of Emily Lincoln Costigan who was a member of the Class of 1964. Dr. Daniel McFee and Dr. Kevin Sullivan worked with the Costigans to establish ELIES and provided oversight of programming.

“The Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society will continue to be a place where leaders and learners gather to move toward a just society,” said Dr. Leanne Roberts, dean of the Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Mercyhurst. “We look forward to increasing the impact and profile of the ELIES as we look ahead to its second decade of programming.”