Presidential Mission Medal

Presidential Mission Medal:

The Presidential Mission Medal is bestowed upon exceptional individuals who exemplify the Marywood mission:

Marywood University, sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, roots itself in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the principle of justice, and the belief that education empowers people. The University integrates an enduring liberal arts tradition and professional disciplines to create a comprehensive learning experience. Our undergraduate and graduate programs promote academic excellence, advance innovative scholarship and foster leadership in service to others. Within a welcoming and supportive community, Marywood challenges individuals of all backgrounds to achieve their full potential and make choices based on spiritual and ethical values. Marywood University prepares students to seek sustainable solutions for the common good and educates global citizens to live responsibly in an interdependent world. Medal recipients shall be servant leaders who embrace a commitment to Marywood's core values of Catholic identity, respect, empowerment, service, and excellence.
Each recipient’s fidelity to Marywood’s mission and core values, articulated through their generosity of time, talent, or treasure, shall inspire others to serve and advance Marywood’s commitment to excellence and empowerment through education.

2019 Medalists: John P., Sr. and Jean Blackledge Sweeney

Sister Mary Persico with Mr. and Mrs. John (Jack) Sweeney

The Sweeneys exemplify philanthropy in action, and the cause of education is at the top of their agenda. They are faithful benefactors of several regional educational institutions, including Marywood University. Together, they established several scholarships to provide educational access and a world of opportunities to generations of grateful students.
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2017 Inaugural Medalist: Ann R. Henry, Ph.D '73

(Left to right) Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., President of Marywood University, and Ann R. Henry, Ph.D., recipient of the Presidential Mission Medal

The newly established Presidential Mission Medal was presented for the first time at the recent Presidential Society Dinner. Dr. Henry has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the mission of Marywood University by giving generously of her time, energy, talents, and personal resources to the advancement of the University.
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