Mount Mercy presents inaugural Presidential Lecture Series

Mount Mercy College proudly presents the inaugural Presidential Lecture Series with special guest speaker Michael Donovan.

As Mount Mercy prepares to realize its vision of becoming a University, it is fitting that an institution of our growing size and stature convene a lecture series that will honor its cherished foundational values. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy more than 80 years ago, Mount Mercy continues to offer a distinct, faith-inspired education to a diverse population of students grounded in liberal arts learning and career preparation. 

Donovan’s speech, titled “Do you have Faith in Law? Why the Fate of Our Laws is Up to You,” will be held Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy, Busse Center on Mount Mercy’s campus. The speech is free and open to the public.

A Cedar Rapids native, Donovan is the son of former Mount Mercy Board of Trustee member Thomas Donovan. He currently serves as an assistant United States attorney with the Department of Justice in Chicago. Donovan is tasked with investigating and prosecuting criminal cases, including major narcotics distribution organizations, street gangs and cartels, white collar fraud, public corruption, and child exploitation. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Notre Dame.

Tom Donovan has a rich history with Mount Mercy. He was an instrumental member of the lay advisory board upon his appointment in 1957. His leadership earned him a position as a charter member of the Board of Trustees in 1968, where he served as chair from 1968 to 1977. He also served as an emeritus trustee from 1992 until his death in 1997

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