April 1, 2020
Dear Friends and Guests:
We are all experiencing the uncertainty and anxiety that comes with managing the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. I hope you and your family are well.
Our core values are Mercy, Service, Justice, and Hospitality. Please know that we will always err on the side of caution to protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and guests. We are following the advice and guidance of federal, state, and local authorities.
On March 25, Misericordia University decided to continue online and remote instruction exclusively through the completion of the Spring 2020 semester. The appropriate university staff will communicate directly to students with any other needed information, including details for resident students on reclaiming their belongings from the residence halls. We were hopeful that we could resume face-to-face operations this semester, but it became clear that we, like most universities, cannot resume a residential environment or in-person instruction this semester. The university hopes that following this semester and a summer of courses taught entirely online, we will be able to return to our normal cycle of online and in-person courses for the Fall 2020 semester. We are monitoring the situation closely.
If you are a prospective Misericordia student, I encourage you to contact our Admissions staff with any and all questions you might have about our university, next steps in your process, and what if anything has changed. In order to offer flexibility in that search process, the university has extended its Fall 2020 enrollment deposit deadline from May 1st to June 15th.
The current national health crisis has forced many families to make necessary adjustments. Not lost on us is the dramatic impact this has had on the senior year and the college search of your daughter or son. Our university’s graduating seniors have had their year disrupted and their commencement postponed. All of us share in their disappointment. We are working on ways to recognize them and their accomplishments.
If you are already enrolled or considering us as the future university for your daughter or son, we are honored. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff is prepared to talk with you regarding any questions or concerns as a current or future student. The situation changes daily so some answers are still being developed, but we also react daily and seek solutions to the challenges that come with crisis management.
Our focus is to ensure a rich and valuable experience. When this crisis is over, I believe we will all be able to gradually move forward with our lives and craft a hopeful future. A Misericordia University degree and experience will be a great asset for any young person or adult learner. Of this, I am very confident. Our leadership team extends our gratitude to our faculty and staff for their superior efforts to operate our university under these circumstances. If you are considering us as your higher education provider, know that you have a team of caring, motivated people here to support you. We hope you remain safe and sound.
Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D.
Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D. assumed the presidency of Misericordia University on July 1, 2013. He is the 13th president in the institution’s 94-year history. Immediately prior to assuming the presidency at Misericordia, Dr. Botzman served as vice president for business and finance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland from 2004 to 2013, where he was also a professor of economics. His areas of responsibility included finance, human resources, facilities and maintenance, information technology, government relations, athletics, sailing, and public safety. He also held the title of interim vice president for development and secretary to the Board of Trustees in 2009-10.
Dr. Botzman previously served for 15 years on the faculty at Mount Union College in Ohio. He also held the role of associate academic dean during the 2003-04 academic year and directed international studies from 1993 to 1997. He was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Americas in Mexico City, Mexico, teaching there four times from 1992 through 1996. He was named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2002. Dr. Botzman worked in private industry prior to becoming a faculty member and is the inventor of 12 U.S. patents.
Dr. Botzman serves on the boards of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of PA, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry, the Back Mountain Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Wyoming Valley, the Northeast Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and tecBRIDGE - a regional organization that collaboratively strives to create entrepreneurial opportunities to grow technology wealth within Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is also serving in leadership roles for the Middle Atlantic Conference and the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.
He was chair of the ACE Council of Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year. In April 2018, Dr. Botzman was honored with the John N. Conygham Leadership Award from the Family Service Association of Northeast Pennsylvania.
During the last four years, Misericordia University enhanced study abroad initiatives, dramatically increased the number and quality of faculty-student research and scholarship initiatives, replaced its entire student information system and communications infrastructure, renewed regional accreditation, launched a new strategic plan, and obtained two of the three largest gifts in the institution’s history.
Misericordia University President’s Cabinet
Vice President of Academic Affairs
David B. Rehm, Ph.D.
Vice President of Planning and External Relations
Barbara Samuel, Ph.D.
Vice President of University Advancement
Sue Helwig, MS
Vice President of Student Life
Kit Foley, MS
Vice President of Mission Integration
Jean Messaros, RSM, MS
Vice President of Finance and Administration
Mark VanEtten, Jr.
Vice President of Enrollment Management
Glenn Bozinski, MS
Chief of Staff
Executive Assistant to the President
Misericordia University, the premiere Mercy university in the United States, will broaden its geographic reach while strengthening its reputation for superior liberal arts and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Misericordia graduates will experience a transformative education and lead lives of consequence in their professions, their communities, and the world.