City & State recognizes Jeanette Britt as Higher Education Trailblazer

Jeannette Britt

Jeanette Britt, senior vice president for administration and chief operating officer at Mercyhurst University, has been recognized among City & State’s 2024 Higher Education Trailblazers.

Each year, City & State honors exceptional individuals in Pennsylvania for their accomplishments across various sectors including politics, media, education, nonprofit, and beyond. In the case of Higher Education, the organization identifies leaders whose creativity and collaborative spirit are at the heart of the sector’s resilience in the face of extremely challenging times.  

Britt graduated with an information systems degree from Mercyhurst University in 1997 and stayed at the school as a programmer. She has remained on campus ever since, working her way up to leadership roles around advancement and strategic planning and technology, including a decade as the school’s chief information officer. As of 2022, Britt is the senior vice president for administration and chief operating officer, overseeing areas from IT and institutional research to facilities management. She also holds an MBA from Gannon University.

“Mercyhurst University takes immense pride in congratulating Jeanette Britt on her well-deserved recognition as a 2024 Higher Education Trailblazer by City & State,” said Mercyhurst President Kathleen A. Getz, Ph.D. “Jeanette's unwavering dedication, innovative spirit, and commitment to excellence have significantly contributed to the resilience and advancement of our institution. She is well known for her uncanny ability to maintain appropriate ties to tradition while seeing strategic opportunities for change. From her beginnings as a programmer to her current role as senior vice president for administration and chief operating officer, Jeanette exemplifies the essence of leadership and continuous growth. Her journey is a testament to the transformative power of education and the profound impact of individuals dedicated to shaping the future of higher education.”