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Mount Mercy is guided by a team of talented and accomplished leaders. These individuals have decades of experience in the higher education arena and are poised to utilize their expertise to help inspire and shape Mount Mercy students into the future leaders of tomorrow.

Office of the President

president-hamen.jpgLaurie M. Hamen, J.D., is a higher education veteran with over 30 years of experience in student affairs, enrollment management, athletics, academics, and grant procurement. She became Mount Mercy University’s ninth president in February 2014 and announced on May 22, 2019 that she will step down from her role effective June 30, 2020.

Prior to arriving at Mount Mercy University, Hamen was vice president for enrollment management, athletics, and student affairs at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois for nearly 18 years. Before North Central College, Hamen’s experience includes positions in Catholic higher education at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota, in addition to serving at public institutions. She also played an active role in the New American Colleges and Universities Consortium, taught classes in North Central graduate programs, and served on NCAA Division III and athletic conference committees.

President Hamen is involved in many community boards and commissions including Orchestra Iowa, Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center, and Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids. She also serves on the Cedar Rapids City Manager’s Business Advisory Council.

Hamen holds a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. She has completed Ph.D. coursework in educational administration at the University of Minnesota and holds a Master of Science from Winona State University. Committed to the value of a Catholic, liberal arts education, Hamen also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of St. Catherine in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

She is married to Bill Hamen and has three grown children and eight grandchildren.


Dr. Robert (Bob) Beatty has been named the 10th president of Mount Mercy University.