Leanne Roberts to become new provost

Monday, February 05, 2018

Mercyhurst University President Michael Victor announced today that Dr. Leanne Roberts has been appointed Leanne Roberts provost and vice president for academic affairs. She will begin her duties at the end of the academic year.

Since coming to Mercyhurst in 2001, Roberts has been an exceptional educator with wide-ranging expertise in academic leadership. She has served on college-wide committees, including multiple terms on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. She was awarded the university’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2014, the same year she was promoted to full professor.

Since 2009, she has served as a department chair, associate dean, and most recently as Dean of the Hafenmaier College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, where she leads the ambitious undertaking of blending the liberal arts with professional disciplines. In these roles, Roberts has been noted for her intellectual energy, creativity and innovative mindset.

Roberts has worked to secure external funding through multiple large grants and contracts to enhance the university’s strategic initiatives, the educational experience for Mercyhurst students, and to positively affect the Erie region, most notably through the nationally recognized Carpe Diem Academy, a K-2 extended learning day program for inner-city children.

Roberts received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Edinboro University and her doctorate in Education from the University of Akron. Prior to coming to Mercyhurst, she worked in public and corporate education, consulting with clients that included Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Goodyear, Quest Diagnostics and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

“We are excited to have Dr. Roberts join our senior administrative team,” said Mercyhurst President Michael Victor. “She has remained steadfast in her commitment to building strong partnerships within and across the university and community. At every step, Dr. Roberts has demonstrated a strategic capacity, an acumen for leadership and an ability to inspire and deliver excellence.”

“I am honored to join President Victor and the Mercyhurst University administration,” Roberts said. “Mercyhurst’s commitment to academic excellence and enhanced student learning experiences, supported by a talented and dedicated faculty, align with my commitment to the values of a Mercyhurst education, especially as they fulfill the legacy of our founding Sisters of Mercy.”

Roberts lives in Erie with her husband, Dr. Joseph Morris, chair of Mercyhurst’s Political Science Department, and two children, Gracie and Logan.

She succeeds Dr. David Dausey, who will become the provost at Duquesne University July 1.