About Mercy

Meet the Interim President

Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D., serves Mercy College as Interim President. She served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs since August 2012. With more than 20 years as an academic leader in higher education, Dr. Stewart's leadership, experience and skill set will benefit and further expand the impressive achievements of the College during its current period of progress and innovation.

Prior to joining Mercy College, Dr. Stewart served as dean and professor of the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute. Dr. Stewart provided academic, fiscal and strategic leadership and was responsible for leading Pratt's largest school with more than 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students in 15 degree programs, many of which are ranked among the top in the country. During her time at Pratt, Stewart significantly increased the academic offerings by launching new degrees and programs as well as new departments including film and photography. To better serve this expanded operation and to address the new areas of focus, Stewart also hired a number of new department chairs and academic administrators drawing on talented individuals from around the world.

Prior to her position at Pratt, Dr. Stewart served as dean of the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University. Some of Stewart’s most significant accomplishments during her deanship at Temple include doubling enrollment and personnel, creating an effective Board of Visitors, leading cutting-edge technology initiatives, and establishing a fundraising culture that resulted in the school raising more than $10 million over eight years including $2.5 million in research and technology grants. She also served as the inaugural chair of the university’s department of Media Studies and Production, Telecoms, and Mass Media as well as a faculty fellow and an associate professor of communications. Under her leadership, Temple University was cited as "most wired" by Wired magazine, The Princeton Review and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Dr. Stewart serves as a trustee of The American College of Greece as well as the boards of the American Council of Education’s Inclusive Excellence Group and the Advertising Educational Foundation.

Dr. Stewart has published widely on subjects relating to communications, education and technology including her edited volume titled "Teaching and Learning with Technology: Beyond Constructivism." She holds a Ph.D. in Communication & Information Studies from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. She completed her B.A. in European History at Rutgers University.