Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New President of Carlow Called 'Visionary Leader' Suzanne Mellon Is Taking the Helm of Catholic University in Oakland

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New President of Carlow Called 'Visionary Leader' Suzanne Mellon Is Taking the Helm of Catholic University in Oakland

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Having spent much of her career in Catholic higher education, Suzanne K. Mellon was familiar with the reputation of Carlow University as a school grounded in the mission of the Sisters of Mercy and working to serve community needs.

But she didn't visit Carlow until after she applied for the presidency, and, having lived in the Detroit area, found the urban nature of the Carlow campus appealing.

The Carlow board found her a good fit as well, and on July 15 she will become the 10th president of Carlow.

Mary Hines, 75, who was the first lay president at Carlow, is retiring after eight years at the helm.

Ms. Mellon, 61 (and no relation to the Pittsburgh banking family), has been executive vice president and a professor at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., since 2009.

The Saint Anselm position puts her second in command to the president and involves working with staff in a wide variety of areas, including academic affairs, advancement, finance, marketing, enrollment, student affairs and athletics.

Her previous faculty and administration positions include roles at the University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University.

In a prepared statement, Carlow board chairman George Pry said, "She is a visionary leader, whose creative outlook will help strengthen Carlow and inspire others to join her."

Ms. Mellon earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Michigan, a master's in nursing from The Ohio State University and a doctorate in philosophy from Wayne State University.

She also is a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

While a faculty member in nursing, she said in a phone interview, she discovered that she enjoyed administration, which gave her a broader outreach.

Her nursing background influences her approach.

In nursing, she said, "You always had the perspective of the whole individual, the whole family or the whole community. I think that a nursing background has helped me to see and assess and work with multiple facets. ..."

She said nursing requires the ability to collaborate and brings with it caring and compassion as well. …

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