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President-elect Victor appoints Dausey provost

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mercyhurst University President-elect Michael T. Victor, J.D., LL.D., is reorganizing administrative operations at the university to facilitate achievement of his strategic goals and to create a more efficient operation.

His first appointment was made official today when Mercyhurst alumnus David Dausey, Ph.D., signed a contract assuming the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs. Victor assumes the Mercyhurst presidency on Monday, Aug. 3.

An internationally respected public health expert, Dausey returned to his alma mater in 2011 to launch a public health program and, in short order, grew the major into a popular field of study that led to the establishment of the School of Health Professions and Public Health. Dausey will continue to oversee operations of the public health school until a national search secures his replacement.

In the meantime, Victor said he is impressed by Dausey’s strong leadership skills and his commitment to academic excellence as well as his breadth of knowledge about and abiding loyalty to Mercyhurst.

“David’s professional and personal experiences are in harmony with the mission and goals of Mercyhurst University,” Victor said. “In addition to his collaborative leadership style and significant experience in education and administration, he shares our passion for the Mercy mission. I trust that David will be a major asset to my team, particularly as we seek to prioritize academic initiatives and develop niche programs that will best suit the needs of our students in today’s global marketplace.” 

Dausey replaces Phillip J. Belfiore, Ph.D., who is returning to the ranks of faculty, where he had previously earned recognition as a respected scholar and received Mercyhurst’s coveted Teaching Excellence Award. Belfiore will pursue teaching and research as a professor of education.

In accepting the new position, Dausey said, “I am honored to serve Mercyhurst in this new role.  I look forward to working with the faculty and staff of Mercyhurst in a manner that emphasizes shared governance and transparency. I am excited by the opportunities ahead to build a stronger Mercyhurst that continues to provide our students with a world-class education from a talented and accomplished faculty.”

Currently, Dausey serves as dean of the School of Health Professions & Public Health at Mercyhurst; chair and professor, Public Health Department; and director of the Mercyhurst Institute for Public Health. Prior to Mercyhurst, Dausey was a professor at Carnegie Mellon University and the senior director of health programs and initiatives at CMU’s Heinz College. Dausey also worked at the RAND Corporation’s Global Health Division, engaging in groundbreaking research on public health systems and global health.

Dausey has worked with senior health officials in more than 20 countries and with experts at international organizations and foundations such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations, the Global Health and Security Initiative and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Domestically, he has collaborated with more than 100 state and local public health agencies and health care organizations in every region of the country and with large federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

Dausey has directed externally funded research projects worth millions of dollars. He has been widely quoted by domestic and international media outlets such as USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, CNN, BBC, CBS News and MSNBC. 

Victor is expected to announce future appointments as part of his reorganization plan in the coming weeks.