Mount Mercy University Appoints New President

By Chelsea Keenan, Reporter

Mount Mercy College, 1330 Elmhurst Drive (Elmhurst Dr.) NE in Cedar Rapids. Photographed August 2006. Aerial photo is looking northeast. (See also NICA IDs 2644468 and 2644469)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - After a nationwide search, Mount Mercy University announced Friday that Laurie Hamen will serve as its ninth president.

The higher education veteran has nearly 30 years of experience in student affairs, enrollment management, athletics, academics and grant procurement.

For the past 18 years, Hamen has worked as the vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., where she also taught as an adjunct faculty member since 2012.

The Minnesota native has also worked at College of St. Benedict in Saint Joseph, Minn., and St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., in addition to serving at public institutions.

Hamen holds a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Ill. She has completed Ph.D. coursework in educational administration at the University of Minnesota and holds a Master of Science degree from Winona State University.

Dr. Norm Nielsen will continue to serve as interim president until Hamen begins her presidency in early 2014.

“I look forward to working with the community, university leaders, students, faculty, staff and alumni to continue building upon Mount Mercy’s academic excellence and institutional success,” Hamen said in a prepared statement.

Mount Mercy University offers undergraduate and graduate education to nearly 1,800 students.

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