February 23, 2021
To the Misericordia University Community and our Friends -
With sincere gratitude to the Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to inform the campus community that the search for the fifteenth president of Misericordia University has officially concluded.
By unanimous consent, the Board of Trustees has appointed Daniel J. Myers, Ph.D., Professor and Acting Chairperson of Sociology at American University in Washington, D.C., as Misericordia University’s next president. Dr. Myers will begin his presidential term on July 1, 2021.
When I contacted Dr. Myers to share the Board’s decision, he stated, “I am tremendously excited to join the Misericordia community and join in the wonderful work that you do at the university and in your community. I want to thank the Search Committee, the Board of Trustees, and all of the faculty, staff, and students who participated in the interview process. Your testimony about the commitment to the charisms and mission of Misericordia were powerful, meaningful, and resonated deeply with me. I look forward to a day very soon when I will come through the arch, meet all of you, and launch into our efforts together.”
Dr. Myers earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University before completing a master’s and doctorate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
He is a well-known expert in the study of collective behavior and social movements. He has published books and articles primarily focused on protest and unrest, the diffusion of social phenomena, social psychology, and urban politics. He has won awards for both his research and teaching.
Dr. Myers previously served as Provost at American University and Marquette University. Before that, he spent 17 years at the University of Notre Dame, serving as Vice President and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters, and had chaired the Department of Sociology. Dr. Myers had also been the Director of Faculty Development and Research in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and he founded and directed the Center for the Study of Social Movements.
Dr. Myers brings outstanding administrative experience including strategic planning, innovative academic program development, and highly organized and collaborative leadership initiatives. His strategic vision and understanding of the Misericordia mission and Mercy traditions will lead our university into our second century.
As chair, I know that the process of selecting top quality candidates was a product of many dedicated individuals who helped oversee the effort. I commend Trustee and Search Committee Chair Greg Collins, as well as the entire Search Committee, for their dedicated service and commitment to a comprehensive review of the candidates to perpetuate the common good of our university. I know I speak for the entire Board when I commend the committee and all its members for their tireless efforts.
According to Greg, “We had a very robust and talented candidate pool for this critical opening. I, in conjunction with my Search Committee colleagues, spent the last five months reviewing the candidates that were submitted. Dan is the person, we believe, who will lead our university into the next decade with the vision and talent that will enable Misericordia University to thrive, providing our students with the transformative educational opportunity they deserve.”
On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I would like to express sincere appreciation to Dr. Kathleen Owens who continues to serve as our president through June 30, 2021. Over the last seven months, Dr. Owens displayed exceptional leadership skills as she strategically guided our university through the numerous uncertainties and challenges posed by the pandemic and the changing landscape of higher education.
In the weeks ahead, we will provide periodic updates regarding the leadership transition. Please join me in extending a Misericordia welcome to Dan and his family when they formally arrive in July.
Dr. Deborah Smith-Mileski
Chair, Board of Trustees