Remembering Sister M. Coleman Nee, IHM

Published on Sat, July 09, 2011

It is with great sadness that the Marywood University community announces the death of Sister M. Coleman Nee, IHM, our Ninth President.

Sister Coleman guided Marywood through challenging, transformative times. During her 18-year tenure, from 1970-1988, she was known as a firm decision-maker and visionary leader. Her administration was marked by significant development in academic programming, plant expansion, and financial stability. While more than 11,000 diplomas from Marywood College bear her name, the significant difference she made at Marywood is incalculable.

Sister Coleman's distinctive courage was put to the test early in her presidency when the venerable Motherhouse was completely destroyed by fire. Yet, her ability to accept the consequences of this tragedy and move forward proved her stamina as a leader. In this, and in so many other instances, she demonstrated that obstacles can be overcome, especially when one trusts God.

Her steadfast spirit in the face of challenges helped Marywood stand above the rest. During a time when many colleges faced setbacks and declining enrollment, Sister Coleman, calling to mind her bold-hearted predecessors, pressed on in her unwavering vision to advance Marywood's mission. She determined that preparing students for life, as well as a degree, was vital to the education of the whole person.

Sister Coleman's able and dedicated leadership throughout a time of great change in Marywood's history will stand as her enduring legacy. We acknowledge with grateful hearts all that Sister Coleman did to make Marywood the successful institution it is today and ask that you remember her in your prayers.

The funeral will be Tuesday, July 12, at 11:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at the IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue in Scranton. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Monday, July 11, between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Interment will follow Mass on Tuesday at St. Catherine's Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D.
President of Marywood University