GMercyU Appoints Deanne Horner D'Emilio as Sixth President

April 24, 2017
GMercyU Campus University Hall

Gwynedd Mercy University's Board of Trustees has named Deanne Horner D'Emilio as its sixth President. D'Emilio, who received the unanimous consent of GMercyU's Board of Trustees, will begin her appointment on August 1, 2017. She will succeed Kathleen Owens, PhD, who will step down on July 31, 2017 after serving as the University's President for the past 15 years. 

D'Emilio comes to GMercyU from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She joined Carlow, which is also a Mercy-sponsored institution, in 2013 as Dean of the School of Management and Dean of the Graduate School. Prior to arriving at Carlow, D’Emilio spent 15 years in faculty and administrative roles at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa., another of the 16 Mercy-sponsored institutions of higher education. 

“I am deeply honored and thrilled to be chosen as the sixth President of Gwynedd Mercy University,” said D’Emilio. “Gwynedd Mercy University is known for its academic excellence exemplified by a commitment to an education grounded in the liberal arts with an emphasis on the development of professional competency and an ethic of service in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy. These strong values are exactly what are needed in higher education and in the world today. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and students to build on this rich heritage and I thank the entire Gwynedd Mercy University community for the confidence that they’ve placed in me.” 

Along with serving as GMercyU's sixth President, D'Emilio will also serve as a Professor of Management in the University's School of Business and Education. To read more about the announcement of the University's sixth President, check out the Presidential Search page.