Mount Mercy University announces sabbatical for President Blake

The Mount Mercy University Board of Trustees today announced that it has granted the request of a one-year sabbatical to President Christopher Blake upon completion of his seventh year as president.

Since Dr. Blake's arrival in 2006, Mount Mercy has achieved university designation, launched a number of graduate programs, achieved re-accreditation under a new system, acquired additional locations for its programming in Cedar Rapids, and continued to strengthen the university's academic and financial positions. Mount Mercy has begun its largest capital campaign in history and has raised record levels of donations over the last five years. Mount Mercy will continue to move forward with projects and campaigns that will position the university for further growth and opportunity. Several capital projects have raised more than $19.3 million, which have contributed to scholarships, chemistry and biology labs. This summer, the university will open the CRST International Graduate Center.

President Blake expressed appreciation to the Board and to the campus community for its leadership in achieving these accomplishments.

"We appreciate the leadership Dr. Blake has provided over the years," said Chairman of the Board of Trustees Brandt Worley. "During this sabbatical, the many leaders on this campus who have made significant contributions to the enhancement of the university will continue to move forward with the same momentum and accomplishment the university has seen under Dr. Blake's guidance. In support of these efforts, the Board of Trustees will establish transitional leadership for the university and will continue to keep our campus as well as the community updated on our progress."

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