Laurie M. Hamen, J.D., a higher education veteran with nearly 30 years of experience in student affairs, enrollment management, athletics, academics and grant procurement, will be Mount Mercy University’s ninth president.
The Board of Trustees at Mount Mercy University appointed Norm Nielsen, Ph.D., as the interim president. Nielsen currently serves as chair of the Buena Vista University Board of Trustees and was president of Kirkwood Community College from 1985 until he retired in 2005.
In a statement today, Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake, Ph.D., welcomed the election of Pope Francis as the new leader of the Catholic church. Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church and is a native of Argentina.
Mount Mercy University stands with the nation in our shock and sadness at the tragedy that unfolded yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Children are some of the most vulnerable in our society, and the teachers who care for them daily cherish the beauty of life and learning. It is therefore especially tragic that these caring and vulnerable ones should perish in this way. We pray for the souls of the departed and for God's mercy and love to be shown now and in the time ahead for the families and loved ones of these victims.
Mount Mercy University President Christopher Blake issued a statement today that Mount Mercy stands with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and is in agreement with their statement released today concerning the regulatory mandate on contraception in affordable healthcare.
As stated on the Sisters of Mercy website:
Special memo from Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake:
Like many of you who are invested in higher education, I watched with interest President Obama's State of the Union address, in which he unmistakably threw the weight of his office firmly behind the issue of college affordability. This is a good thing for our country, our students and our colleges.