President's Message

A Message from Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D.
President of Misericordia University


May 21, 2020

Dear Students and Parents:

As the spring 2020 semester draws to a close, I hope that you all are doing well and performing well on your final exams and end of semester projects and papers. As students, you have adapted impressively to the dramatic changes that have come with the COVID-19 crisis. Our faculty and staff are making every effort to support you, and I know that you will continue to thrive.
What is next for our university? Our summer courses will be held entirely online and are available to you should you need them to advance your studies. Some other summer experiences are likely to be delayed, such as internships and clinical placements. The university is coordinating with our clinical and internship partners to determine when and how they will allow us to safely resume those experiences.

As for fall 2020, it is our intent to open campus and operate in as traditional a format as is possible. As there is still uncertainty as to exactly what public health mandates will be in place at that time, our planning group is exploring a number of contingency plans. We will be flexible and agile and prepared to adapt as needed, but our goal is to open campus to students on time in late August.

Resident students have begun to reclaim their belongings in a safe, controlled manner.

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. 

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.


President Botzman's Recent Opinion Pieces

Private Higher Education a Good Investment for Students and Taxpayers Alike - November 2019, The Times Leader

Private Colleges and Universities in PA Have Economic Impact - October 2019, The Citizens' Voice

Simplifying Student Loans - March 2019, Tribune Media Pittsburgh

Continue Successful Business Model for Financial Aid - November 2018, The Daily Item

Gainful Employment and the Value of Higher Education - October 2018, The Times Leader

A Going to College Story - September 2018, The Times Leader

A Major Decision for the Higher Education Act - June 2018, The Hill

Renewal of the Higher Education Act - February 2018, The Tribune-Democrat

Welcoming Veterans to College Campuses - November 2017, University Business

Cooperation for Community Colleges and Universities - September 2017, The Times Leader

Increased Access to Education for Veterans is a Valuable Service - August 2017, Patriot News

Year-round Pell Grant a solid step forward for students - July 2017, The Times Leader

President Botzman Hosts ACE Fellows - May 2017

Seeking Calm in the Middle of an Imperfect Storm - April 2017, American Council on Education Blog

Teacher Preparation Regulations Need to Earn a Better Grade - March 2017, The Hill

Higher Education Affordability Post Election - November 2016, The Citizens' Voice

Misericordia students provide ‘valuable gift’ to community through service learning - September 2016, The Times Leader

Understanding financial aid process key to financing a college education - August 2016, The Times Leader


President Botzman's Biography

Thomas J. BotzmanThomas 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.

President's Cabinet

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
Jim Roberts

Executive Assistant to the President

Lisa Borchert

President's Office Staff

Mercy Hall - Rooms 124-126

Lisa Borchert
Executive Assistant to the President

Jim Roberts
Chief of Staff

Our Vision

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.

Misericordia University Cougar Statue

News List

Misericordia University hosted an interactive virtual faculty panel on Thursday April 30 to discuss COVID-19 and the wide-ranging impact this virus is having on our society.
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