Misericordia University is proud to welcome Kathleen Cieplak Owens to serve as the president of the institution for the 2020-21 academic year.

“I am honored to serve as president of this outstanding university for the 2020-2021 academic year,” says Owens, who assumed the role as president of Misericordia University on July 1. “Misericordia is a thriving university dedicated to preparing students to lead lives of consequence in their professions, their communities, and the world. Misericordia’s success is driven by the talented, imaginative, dedicated, and hardworking faculty and staff who always seek to improve how we serve our students and the community. My professional experience has given me a deep respect for the Sisters of Mercy, our institution’s founders, and I look forward to collaborating with the campus community to fulfill our mission and to position the university for the future.”

While president of Gwynned Mercy University (2002-17), Owens served in leadership roles on several national and regional boards, including as board chairperson for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania.

Owens was recognized for her leadership and service in Pennsylvania as the recipient of the Philadelphia Smart CEO Award for Top Female CEOs, Outstanding Leadership Award presented by Synergis Education, Montgomery County Foundation’s Woman of Distinction for 2016, and Montgomery County Community College Foundation’s Woman of the Year in 2017. She was awarded citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Pennsylvania Senate in 2017 for exemplary service to higher education in the Commonwealth.

Owens currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Lewis University, a private Roman Catholic and Lasallian university in Romeoville, Illinois.

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