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On July 1, 2013, Thomas J. Botzman PhD became the 13th president of Misericordia University in its 92-year history. Prior to assuming Misericordia presidency, Dr. Botzman served as vice president for business and finance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he was also a professor of economics. He was also interim vice president for development and secretary to the Board of Trustees in 2009-10.

Dr. Botzman previously served on the faculty at Mount Union College in Ohio, where he also held the role of associate academic dean and directed international studies. He was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. He was named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2002. Dr. Botzman worked in private industry prior to becoming a faculty member and is the inventor of twelve U.S. patents. He was chair of the ACE Council of Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year. In April 2018, Dr. Botzman was honored with the John N. Conygham Leadership Award from the Family Service Association of Northeast Pennsylvania.

Botzman serves on the boards of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, the Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Wyoming Valley, the Northeast Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and TecBridge – a regional organization that collaboratively strives to create entrepreneurial opportunities to grow technology wealth within Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Under his leadership, Misericordia University enhanced study abroad initiatives, dramatically increased the number and quality of faculty-student research and scholarship initiatives, replaced its entire student information system and communications infrastructure, renewed regional accreditation, launched a new strategic plan, and obtained two of the three largest gifts in the institution’s history.


Sister Margaret Carney is a member of The Franciscan Sisters of the Neumann Communities. A native of Pittsburgh, Sr. Margaret received her Doctorate in Theology in Rome in 1988. She studied at the Pontifical University “Antonianum”—Rome’s Franciscan university—after completing Masters’ degrees in Theology at Duquesne University and Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University.

Sister’s early ministries included teaching in elementary and secondary schools, administration and formation roles. She was appointed Associate Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This made her  the first woman to hold a chancery level appointment which she held for six years. From 1980 to 1982, she worked as a member of an international commission on a new Rule of Life for the 400 institutes of the Franciscan Third Order Regular, eventually approved by Pope John Paul II. Sr. Margaret has lectured extensively in both in the U.S. and abroad.

In 1997, Sr. Margaret went to St. Bonaventure University to serve as a faculty member of its world-renowned Franciscan Institute. Within two years, she was named its Dean and Director. She became  the 20th president of the university in 2004 and completed her term in 2016.  She now holds the title of President Emerita.

Throughout her years of service, Sr. Margaret has served on multiple boards including the St. Vincent’s Seminary in Latrobe and St. Paul’s Seminary—both in Pennsylvania. She participated in the study leading to the merger of St. Fidelis Seminary (St. Augustine Province of Capuchins) with St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio.

Other board work included Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Alvernia University, the Secretariat for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition and the Council of Independent Colleges of the state of New York. More recently she chaired both the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities and she  has  been a member of the Presidents’ Council of the Atlantic 10 Athletic Conference.

Sister Margaret is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees. Having started her Franciscan religious life with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God (Pittsburgh, Pa.), she received permission to transfer to her vows to The Franciscans of the Neumann Communities  (Syracuse, New York) in 2008.


Dr. Donna Dalton recently completed eight years of service as Chief Academic Officer at Lyndon State College, one of five colleges in the Vermont State College system. Previously, from 2002 to 2004, she served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Gannon University in Erie, PA.  Gannon is one of twelve Catholic universities in the U.S. that is sponsored by a diocese, rather than a religious order.

From 1985 to 2001, Donna was a member of the faculty and administration at Trinity College of Vermont, in Burlington, VT, a women’s college sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.  She began teaching at Trinity as an adjunct faculty member in psychology and gerontology, and was soon given a fulltime posittion.

After a few years, she became the Division Chair, and then subsequently, Graduate Dean, and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  She had the sad duty, along with other members of Trinity’s Executive Team, of recommending to the Board of Trustees that the college close.  In her final year at Trinity, she oversaw the creation of the undergraduate student transition center (which facilitated both completion plans and transfer options to more than 15 other colleges); managed the transfer of two highly successful graduate program (faculty, staff, students, and curriculum) to Southern New Hampshire University; arranged the sale and disposition of the library and science laboratories; supervised the creation of an Employee Transition Center; and managed all other activities related to academic and student affairs.

Donna received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with highest honors from The Pennsylvania State University where she also earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa.  She subsequently earned a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.  She and her husband, Clinton, are avid skiers and live in Waitsfield, VT and Avon, CO. 

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Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D. became the 6th President of Trocaire College on July 9, 2012.  He is the second lay president in the history of Trocaire, a private, career-oriented Catholic college founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1958. 

Dr. Deeb immigrated to the United States from Lebanon at the age of 15, going on to receive his BA in Geography and M.Ed. in Student Personnel from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis on Governance and Public Accountability from Kent State University.

Prior to working at Trocaire College, Dr. Deeb served as Vice President for Student Services and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Niagara County Community College; as Vice President for Student Affairs at West Liberty State University in West Virginia; and as Executive Director for Student Life and for Enrollment Management at Youngstown State University. Bassam started his career at Briar Cliff University, a private Franciscan institution in Iowa, as Director of Advisement and Retention.

Dr. Deeb has been involved in teaching throughout his professional career, especially at the graduate level in higher education programs in Ohio and New York, and currently serves as an evaluator for the Middle States Commission for Higher Education. 

A member of the Western New York Consortium for Higher Education, he is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Holy Spirit in Lebanon and Maria College in Albany, New York; and the Board of Directors for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.


Sister Margaret Anne is a member of the Graduate faculty at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania.  In her twelve years at Alvernia Sister Margaret Anne served as an Executive in residence, Interim Provost and Vice President for University Life. She recently went to full time faculty status as an Associate Professor in the Education Department.  Sister currently teaches educational administration at both the Masters and Doctoral level.

Prior to her time at Alvernia Sister Margaret Anne served as President of Chatfield College in Cincinnati and Vice President for Student Services at Gwynedd  Mercy College (now University!).  In addition to her work in higher education Sister also served as an elementary principal and teacher.

Sister Margaret Anne holds a Bachelor Degree in elementary Education from Gwynedd Mercy College, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Supervision from Temple University and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Ohio State.

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Dr. Jane Gerety, RSM became the seventh president of Salve Regina University in July 2009.  Prior to becoming president, Sister Jane had been a member of Salve’s Board of Trustees since 1995. Dr. Gerety retired from Salve in June 2019.

Sister Jane left the position of Executive Board Officer for Saint Joseph’s Health System in Atlanta.  She entered the healthcare industry in 1992 when she joined Saint Joseph’s as Senior Vice President, Sponsorship and later Corporate Compliance Officer.

Prior to her move to Atlanta, Sister Jane was the Academic Dean at Carlow College in Pittsburgh, where she also served as an associate professor of English, and director of the Public Leadership Program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Mount Saint Agnes College in Baltimore, a M.A. in French from Middlebury College in Vermont and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. She has also taught at the junior high and high school levels.

Sister has served on a number of not-for-profit boards including: Saint Joseph’s Health System, Saint John’s Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Housing – Southeast, Project Adventure and Mercyhurst University.  Sister Jane has served on the President’s Council of the Conference of Mercy Higher Education and as chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities/RI.


Marie-Bernarde Miller is a former Religious Sister of Mercy in what was formerly known as the St. Louis Province.  She currently is Deputy City Attorney for the City of North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Her professional background includes an extensive career in corporate and employment law, as well as commercial litigation and appellate advocacy.  She serves as Legal Counsel to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline & Disability Commission.  During her practice of law in the private sector, Miller was distinguished with rankings by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers for her skills and leadership in commercial litigation and general business law. 

Prior to becoming Deputy City Attorney, Miller was Of Counsel with Williams & Anderson PLC, and was a shareholder with Gill Elrod Ragon Owen & Sherman, P.A. Her public service legal career includes being Deputy Attorney General and Director of the Arkansas Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for Health Care Fraud matters, and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 6th Judicial District of Arkansas. 

Miller served as Special Counsel to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, successfully prosecuting, and arguing before the Arkansas Supreme Court, the removal of the first judge in the history of the Arkansas judiciary.  She also served as Special Counsel to the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct in the disbarment action against President William Jefferson Clinton. 

Miller is a past President of the Board of Governors for the University of Kansas Law School; she has served as a member, and as Chair, on the Board of Governors for the Arkansas Bar Association. Miller is Master of the Bench in the Judge Henry Woods Inn of Court, and also is a Founding Member of the Arkansas Heart Foundation.


Tim Muldoon (Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Duquesne University) is the Director of Mission Education at Catholic Extension Society, an organization which serves poor and underresourced dioceses in the United States. He is also an adjunct professor of theology at Boston College, where he worked for twelve years, teaching and serving and in the office of Mission and Ministry. He was editor of the journal Integritas: Advancing the Mission of Catholic Higher Education, an effort to draw faculty from different disciplines into common conversation about the mission of the Catholic university. From 1997 to 2005, Tim taught at Mount Aloysius College as a pofessor of Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Theology, and served for four years as the department chair. He is married with three teens and lives in the Boston area.


Sister Marie Parker RSM is a member of the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community.  She served as a teacher and principal prior to extensive ministry in healthcare administration. Sister Marie was Regional Vice-President, Mission Services for Mercy Health Partners, the Northeast Region of Catholic Health Partners (now Mercy Health) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most recently, she served as the Director, Mission Integration and Spiritual Care for Catholic Health East (now Trinity Health). Through various mission roles, she was active in sponsorship & governance activities, design & implementation of values integration in organizational processes, promoting & assessing Catholic identity, developing an on-line pastoral education program with Loyola University, and facilitating processes for mergers and transitions of facilities.

Sr. Marie has served as Vice President of the Dallas Regional Community and was active in creating the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy.  During that time, she was a member of the original Sponsors’ Council for CMHE.  Prior to leadership, she was the Director of Incorporation and Formation for the Dallas Community.  Sr. Marie also co-chaired the Mid-Atlantic Sponsors’ Council.  She currently serves on the board of Marian Woods (Hartsdale, NY); previous board involvement includes the PA Catholic Health Association, Mount Aloysius College, and the United Way of Wyoming Valley.

Marie holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and English from Misericordia University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Duquesne University, and a Master’s degree in Theology from Boston College.


Thomas J. Ruthemeyer began his career auditing manufacturing facilities. Currently a full-time clinical professor in the Graduate Program for Health Services Administration at Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH), Tom also served as adjunct professor and advisor to the Graduate Health Informatics Program at Northern Kentucky University.

Prior to his current position in higher education, Tom served for 28 years in the health care industry as Executive Vice President of Mercy Health Partners in Cincinnati which he was instrumental in forming. Other professional and community involvement includes membership in the American Institute of CPAs, membership in the Financial Executives International, and a wide variety of community and other professional organizations.

Tom holds an MBA in Management from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s in Accounting with a minor in Finance from the University of Cincinnati. He is an associate with the Sisters of Mercy and a member of the Sponsorship Council of the Sisters of Mercy South Central regional community.


Moya K. Dittmeier’s entire career has centered on Catholic education at the tertiary and secondary levels. 

Moya currently serves as Executive Director of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, a position she has held for twelve years. Working in concert with an 11-member Board and the Mercy Presidents Council, Moya develops programs, policies, and practices and builds relationships intended to sustain and enhance the Catholic identity and Mercy ethos of the 17 US colleges and universities founded by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Before this role, Moya served as Vice President for Planning at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this work, she designed the first assessment process for the administrative functions of the University while leading the development of a new strategic plan. Moya also chaired the Mission Committee of the University, worked as Special Assistant to the President, and served on many accreditation teams for the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.

During her tenure at Holy Family University, Moya was a member of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) United Nations Non-Governmental Organization on Peace, Conflict Resolution and Disarmament Education. This work saw her planning various academic conferences around the world, including South Africa, China, and the Philippines, on the topic of peace and conflict resolution in the higher education curriculum. She also served on the boards of the Partnership for Global Justice, an NGO of the United Nations serving religious communities, the Mount Saint Agnes Theological Center for Women in Baltimore, MD, and Saint Michael the Archangel School in Silver Spring, MD.

Prior her work in higher education administration, Moya taught university courses in writing and rhetoric for students at all skill levels, from developmental writing to senior-level courses in creative writing and writing for publication. She also taught English for many years at Nazareth Academy High School in Philadelphia, PA. 

Moya received her BA degree in English summa cum laude from Immaculata University, her Master of Arts in the Teaching of Writing with honors distinction from Arcadia University, and her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Widener University. Her dissertation examined the styles and status of strategic planning in Catholic higher education. She and her husband, John, an artisan blacksmith, live in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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