President's Message

Dr. BotzmanA Welcome from Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D.
President of Misericordia University


Welcome to the Misericordia University website. This is just one of the many ways you can learn more about our university.

If you were on campus right now, I am sure you would quickly notice the caring, motivated people who study, teach, live and work here and the relationships they form. This high level of engagement sets us apart from other quality universities and leads to student success on campus and well after they enter their professions.


Our tradition of personal attention traces back to our origins when we were founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924. The Sisters focus on four charisms or gifts they have received and then give to others: Mercy, Service, Justice, and Hospitality. The entire community stresses the importance of social justice and the Mercy traditions, and that is reflected in our Mission and Core Values.

The faculty and staff work tirelessly to provide the best learning environment, teaching students in the classroom and leading them into the wider community through internships, volunteerism and community-based engagement.

Our 37 academic majors include many in the liberal arts and sciences, business and education fields, as well as health care. While many of our students are undergraduates, we offer a range of master's and doctoral degrees in both full- and part-time formats.

Over 90 percent of Misericordia undergraduates find employment or enter a graduate studies program within six months of graduation, demonstrating the value of a Misericordia degree.

We hope you will visit campus and see Misericordia University for yourself. You can also learn more about us by engaging MU on social media. Thank you for your interest in our outstanding university.

President Botzman's Recent Opinion Pieces

Private Higher Education a Good Investment for Students and Taxpayers Alike - November 2019, The Times Leader

Private Colleges and Universities in PA Have Economic Impact - October 2019, The Citizens' Voice

Simplifying Student Loans - March 2019, Tribune Media Pittsburgh

Continue Successful Business Model for Financial Aid - November 2018, The Daily Item

Gainful Employment and the Value of Higher Education - October 2018, The Times Leader

A Going to College Story - September 2018, The Times Leader

A Major Decision for the Higher Education Act - June 2018, The Hill

Renewal of the Higher Education Act - February 2018, The Tribune-Democrat

Welcoming Veterans to College Campuses - November 2017, University Business

Cooperation for Community Colleges and Universities - September 2017, The Times Leader

Increased Access to Education for Veterans is a Valuable Service - August 2017, Patriot News

Year-round Pell Grant a solid step forward for students - July 2017, The Times Leader

President Botzman Hosts ACE Fellows - May 2017

Seeking Calm in the Middle of an Imperfect Storm - April 2017, American Council on Education Blog

Teacher Preparation Regulations Need to Earn a Better Grade - March 2017, The Hill

Higher Education Affordability Post Election - November 2016, The Citizens' Voice

Misericordia students provide ‘valuable gift’ to community through service learning - September 2016, The Times Leader

Understanding financial aid process key to financing a college education - August 2016, The Times Leader


President Botzman's Biography

Thomas J. BotzmanThomas J. Botzman, Ph.D. assumed the presidency of Misericordia University on July 1, 2013. He is the 13th president in the institution’s 94-year history. Immediately prior to assuming the presidency at Misericordia, Dr. Botzman served as vice president for business and finance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland from 2004 to 2013, where he was also a professor of economics. His areas of responsibility included finance, human resources, facilities and maintenance, information technology, government relations, athletics, sailing, and public safety. He also held the title of interim vice president for development and secretary to the Board of Trustees in 2009-10.

Dr. Botzman previously served for 15 years on the faculty at Mount Union College in Ohio. He also held the role of associate academic dean during the 2003-04 academic year and directed international studies from 1993 to 1997. He was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Americas in Mexico City, Mexico, teaching there four times from 1992 through 1996. 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 12 U.S. patents.

Dr. Botzman serves on the boards of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of PA, 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. He is also serving in leadership roles for the Middle Atlantic Conference and the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.

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.


During the last four years, 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.

President's Cabinet

Misericordia University President’s Cabinet


Vice President of Academic Affairs
David B. Rehm, Ph.D.

Vice President of Planning and External Relations
Barbara Samuel, Ph.D.

Vice President of University Advancement
Sue Helwig, MS

Vice President of Student Life
Kit Foley, MS

Vice President of Mission Integration
Jean Messaros, RSM, MS

Vice President of Finance and Administration
Mark VanEtten, Jr.

Vice President of Enrollment Management
Glenn Bozinski, MS

Chief of Staff
Jim Roberts

Executive Assistant to the President

Lisa Borchert

President's Office Staff

Mercy Hall - Rooms 124-126

Lisa Borchert
Executive Assistant to the President

Jim Roberts
Chief of Staff

Our Vision

Misericordia University, the premiere Mercy university in the United States, will broaden its geographic reach while strengthening its reputation for superior liberal arts and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Misericordia graduates will experience a transformative education and lead lives of consequence in their professions, their communities, and the world.

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