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February 27, 2020

Dr. Robert Beatty named new president of Mount Mercy University

10th President Named

Dr. Robert (Bob) Beatty has been named the 10th president of Mount Mercy University. Beatty will begin his duties as president on July 1, 2020.

A Cedar Rapids native, Dr. Beatty currently serves as Dean of the Soules College of Business and F.M. and Fannie Burke Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, TX. At UT-Tyler, Beatty leads four interdisciplinary areas—human resource development, computer science, industrial technology, and business. He also oversees seven university institutes and centers, including the Longview Small Business Development Center.

Dr. Beatty is an entrepreneurial and progressive leader whose collaborative and inspirational leadership will build on the important work done by MMU’s faculty and staff.

Charlie Rohde
Chair, Mount Mercy’s Board of Trustees

“Dr. Beatty is an entrepreneurial and progressive leader whose collaborative and inspirational leadership will build on the important work done by MMU’s faculty and staff. His commitment to the mission and values of Mount Mercy University and his ability to guide the institution through the complex and ever-changing higher education landscape is extensive,” said Charlie Rohde, Mount Mercy’s Board of Trustees Chairman. “We are absolutely thrilled to have him join us.”

Prior to his role at UT-Tyler, Beatty served as the Dean of the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL; the Dean of the Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ; and the Dean of the School of Business at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. Additionally, he served as a member of the faculty at Northern Illinois University, Texas Christian University, Miami University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“Mount Mercy University is truly a special place. Growing up in Cedar Rapids, I have long known the transformative education the university provides. I am delighted to join the community of educators and scholars that is wholly dedicated to helping students achieve their personal dreams and professional ambitions,” said Beatty. “I look forward to building on the visionary legacy of the Sisters of Mercy and serving the Mount Mercy family and Cedar Rapids community with integrity, dignity, and passion.”

I look forward to building on the visionary legacy of the Sisters of Mercy and serving the Mount Mercy family and Cedar Rapids community with integrity, dignity, and passion.

Dr. Robert Beatty
President-Elect

Dr. Beatty began his professional career as an officer in the United States Air Force. He served as a systems analyst/project manager/quality manager at Strategic Air Command Headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NE. Subsequent to his military career, Beatty worked at Amerada Hess Oil Company and then joined Kellogg Company to lead the organization’s emerging E-Commerce Department.

Dr. Beatty holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas Christian University, a Masters of Science in Computer Systems Management from Creighton University, and a Masters of Business Administration and Doctorate of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. He is a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education Program at Harvard University.

Dr. Beatty and his wife Raynette are the parents of two grown children, daughter Shelby and son Sean.

For more information visit mtmercy.edu/president-elect.