Sister Mary Persico, IHM ’69, Ed.D.
Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., the 12th President of Marywood University, who will retire on June 30, has guided Marywood for the past eight years with her collaborative leadership and bold vision. Sister Mary has devoted her life to promoting the mission and core values of Marywood University. During her tenure at Marywood, Sister Mary made strides in the scholarly life of the university by re-structuring and streamlining the Colleges, adding or expanding several signature academic programs, and establishing the Offices of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Global Education. During her eight years, the university has welcomed national retail partnerships to Marywood, including Starbucks, the popular Gear Shop, Apple and Amazon stores.
Throughout her tenure, the University endowment has nearly doubled and maintained a fiscally responsible status, even during universally challenging financial times in higher education. To further strengthen Marywood’s future, Sister Mary is presently bringing the University’s $30 million comprehensive campaign to its conclusion. This campaign is designed to fund new construction and academic spaces on campus, provide scholarships for students, and enhance the student experience.
In moments such as an unprecedented global pandemic, Sister Mary supported the entire community of faculty, staff, and students with strength and confidence.
Sister Mary’s engagement both in the public arena and right on campus among the students are two highlights of her presidency. She represented us well locally, nationally, and even internationally, but when asked, Sister Mary will always tell you that the best part of the job was interacting with the wonderful people who are our students.