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Inauguration of President Susan L. Parish, Ph.D., M.S.W.

13th President of Mercy University

September 22, 2023 Inauguration Ceremony for President Susan L. Parish

President Parish

About President Parish

Mercy University President Susan L. Parish, Ph.D., M.S.W. is the 13th president of Mercy University.  Formerly, the dean of the College of Health Professions and Sentara Professor of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Parish joined Mercy on July 1, 2023.

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Mercy’s Dobbs Ferry campus is located in Westchester, NY and overlooks the Hudson River. The campus is easy to access from New York City with a Metro North train stop at the foot of campus.  

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History of Mercy University

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1950, Mercy University became a four-year college offering programs leading to the baccalaureate degree in 1961. The College was accredited by the Middle States Association’s Commission on Higher Education in 1968.

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2023 Inauguration Committee

Executive Sponsors

  • Bernadette Wade 
    Chief Advancement Officer
  • Jessica Haber
    Chief of Staff


  • Jessica Baily
    Senior Director, Communications
  • Matthew Hyland 
    Associate Professor, Physical Therapy


  • Grace Creighton
    Executive Assistant, Office of the President
  • Saul Fisher
    Associate Provost 
  • Valerie Mason Cunningham, H.D. '20
    Mercy College Trustee
  • Rita–Marie Masi
    Student Government President
  • Lisa Mills-Campbell ’98, M.B.A. ’01, M.S. ’13
    Director, Community Programs & Events
  • Konrad Motyka
    Executive Director for Campus Safety & Emergency Management
  • Sarah A. O'Connor '80
    Mercy College Trustee
  • Alexis Rothenberg, M.B.A. ’17
    Executive Director, Alumni Relations, Annual Giving & Special Events
  • Bogdana Vladescu ’99, M.B.A. ’03
    Senior Director, International Student Services