GMercyU Sixth President Deanne Horner D'Emilio

Deanne Horner D’Emilio, JD


Deanne Horner D’Emilio, JD began her tenure as the sixth President of Gwynedd Mercy University on August 1, 2017.  She will also serve as Professor of Management in the Gwynedd Mercy University School of Business and Education.

D’Emilio most recently served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Carlow University–another Mercy-sponsored institution.  She assumed the position in July 2014 during a period of reorganization at Carlow, which included an academic transition from six schools and divisions to three colleges.  D’Emilio led the University’s efforts to reorganize the academic structure, develop the strategic plan, strengthen programs, promote interdisciplinary approaches, implement process improvements, and optimize resources.  She has launched more than a dozen new programs, created a division of Online and Digital Learning, and forged partnerships with corporate, health care, and education entities to benefit students and develop an enrollment pipeline.

Before assuming the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, D’Emilio served as Dean of the School of Management and Dean of the Graduate School at Carlow, successfully leading efforts to strengthen programs, implement process improvements, and optimize resources. 

D’Emilio came to Carlow from Mount Aloysius College, where she developed and chaired the Legal Studies program and served as Associate Academic Dean and Division Chair of Humanities, Social Science, and Professional Studies, the College’s largest academic division.  Mount Aloysius is another one of the 16 Mercy-sponsored institutions in the United States.

She has been recognized with outstanding teaching and advising awards, and has presented to the Association of American Colleges and Universities on the restructuring of general education at Carlow.  D’Emilio also has served as an Arbitrator of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. 

D’Emilio graduated cum laude with a B.A. in education with a minor in religion from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Bowling Green State University, and a JD cum laude from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and did so until 1998, when she began pursuing a career in higher education. 

She is married to Matthew D’Emilio, Director of University Contracts Office at Carnegie Mellon University, and they have two grown children.