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Mercyhurst North East COO Gary Brown leaving

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mercyhurst University announced today that Dr. Gary Brown, chief operating officer at Mercyhurst North East, will be stepping down as a result of organizational changes at the administrative level.

His responsibilities will be assumed by Dr. David Hyland who, in 2015, was named associate vice president for academic affairs and moved to the North East campus as chief academic officer.

Brown has had a distinguished career spanning nearly three decades on both the Erie and North East campuses, most memorable being his tenure as executive vice president of North East from 1996 to 2011. During that time, Brown grew enrollment from 150 to 1,100 students. He oversaw the construction of three sets of student townhouses, one freshmen residence hall, the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building, several new science labs and three athletic fields. Brown laid the foundation for the Mercyhurst Saints Athletics Department, adding 12 NJCAA athletic programs. Additionally, he was instrumental in helping to raise $2 million from individuals and foundations for the first campus endowment.

In 2011, he assumed a new post as senior vice president and chief financial officer at the Erie campus, returning to North East as chief operating officer in January 2014 upon the retirement of Dr. Kenneth Zirkle.

Before assuming leadership of the North East campus, Brown served in several administrative posts on the Erie campus, including associate dean of students/director of retention and residence life (1994-1996), and assistant dean of students/director of residence life (1989-1994.)

“Gary Brown’s contribution to the growth and prosperity of Mercyhurst North East cannot be underestimated,” said Mercyhurst President Michael Victor. “He was instrumental in  establishing a branch campus in North East, and helped to grow it into a successful opportunity and career college that has given thousands of students the chance to earn a one-year certificate or an associate degree.  We are grateful to Gary and we wish him continued success in his future endeavors.”