Mary Ann GawelekPresident, Lourdes University
An innovative visionary, Mary Ann Gawelek has made a tremendous impact at Lourdes University. Under her guidance, the institution successfully achieved its 10 year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and was approved to offer several new academic programs including the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the university’s first professional doctoral program.
Lourdes made national and international news for the creation of the Full-Bodied Degree, a Bachelor of Science in Craft Beverages, the first of its kind in the U.S. In athletics, the University received recognition for its cutting edge E-sports program. The University has also added bowling to its NAIA lineup of men’s and women’s sports.
A proud Ohioan, Mary Ann received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Master of Education and Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology degrees from Boston University.
Prior to her tenure at Lourdes, she served as the chief academic officer at Seton Hill University (1996-2016). While there, she held the rank of Professor in Psychology and served first as Vice President for Academic Affairs and then Provost and Dean of Faculty.
As a leader in academia, Mary Ann has spearheaded licensure efforts for mental health counselors in Massachusetts and provided counseling psychology programs in multiple states. At Lourdes, she has begun the process of enhancing undergraduate social science programs and initiated a new pathway for biology majors to pursue graduate programs in the sciences.
The curriculum partnership with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine allows Lourdes students to apply for an Early Acceptance Program in one of three graduate tracks: medicine, dentistry or pharmacy seamlessly without having to take the MCAT.
A member of the American Psychological Association, Division 35, Mary Ann has received national recognition for her accomplishments. In 2005, she received the Athena award for professional excellence, community service and mentoring of women. In 2011, she earned the Council of Independent Colleges Academic Officer Award.
Having traveled extensively, she most recently spent time in Ireland and Italy. Mary Ann is a lifelong swimmer, an activity that she attributes to feeding her creative thinking. She loves spending time with her family, which includes their golden retriever Cody Quinn and reading a good mystery novel.
A voracious reader, she tries to read at least two books a week.
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