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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mercyhurst University – The North East Campus welcomes two new additions to the McAuley College of Associate Degree Studies administrative team.

Lori Hamblin has been named assistant provost. In this capacity she is the chief academic officer for the McAuley College of Associate Degree Studies and oversees admissions, student life and information technology.

Hamblin served as the Director of Learning Differences at Mercyhurst North East from 2008 to 2010. During this time she also taught psychology classes at North East and at the Booker T. Washington Center.

In 2010, her skills were requested in the Provost’s Office and she assumed the role of executive assistant to the provost from 2010 to 2013. In this capacity, she played an integral role in spearheading the acquisition of software to digitize grants and contracts; implementing the programs for a number of the Mercyhurst Institutes; and developing of the Anthropology/Archeology doctoral program. She also played a major role in the budgeting process, especially for the North East campus.

Hamblin earned her bachelor of arts in criminal justice from Mercyhurst. She acquired her master’s degree in education from Slippery Rock University and became a board certified behavior analyst in 2003 through Penn State University. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in organizational learning and leadership at Gannon University.

Prior to her return to Mercyhurst, Hamblin worked as a probation/parole officer, as an educator in fraud prevention, as a guidance counselor, and as a behavior specialist for children with autism.


Lisa Miller, D.P.T., has been named assistant vice president for academic affairs, where she will be primarily responsible for faculty and student academic concerns on the North East campus.

Miller came to Mercyhurst in North East in 2002, teaching in the physical therapist assistant program, where she went on to achieve the rank of assistant professor.  She also has continued to work as a physical therapist within the Erie community for more than 20 years. 

While teaching and working, Lisa also earned her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Gannon University in 2008. 

Miller continues to expand her education as she currently studies as a doctoral student in organizational learning and leadership, also at Gannon. While at Mercyhurst, she has held the position of faculty senate president and has been actively involved with the core assessment process.