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Gamble named president
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
After months of deliberations, the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee have announced Dr. Thomas J. Gamble as Mercyhurst’s 11th president. The announcement comes after a unanimous vote by the Board of Trustees on Thursday. He will take ofﬁce March 1, 2006. Gamble was one of the three ﬁnalists and the only in-house candidate vying for the position. When announced president, Gamble vowed to continue the Mercyhurst legacy as begun and continued by his predecessors, Dr. William P. Garvey and Dr. Michael McQuillen. “Due to the effort and commitment of many people, Mercyhurst College is a ﬁne and strong institution,” he said. “It has an exceptional faculty, excellent academic programs, a wealth of administrative experience, wonderful students, a committed board, and a clear vision of what is important. Mercyhurst is a college with many strengths.” Marlene Mosco, chair for the board, said the committee initially planned for an outsider as president, but once the search narrowed saw great potential with an in-house candidate. “We initially were thinking an outsider is what we wanted to go with,” she said. “But, once going through the process and looking at 50 resumes and narrowing it down and seeing Dr. Gamble’s passion and love for the college, we knew he was a good ﬁnalist and excellent candidate.” The college’s 10th president, Dr. Michael McQuillen, supports the board’s decision and sees Gamble as an excellent successor. “The board made an excellent decision,” he said. “Tom is excellent. He has all the qualities to become a president; we are in good hands.” While president, Gamble plans to focus on the future and take the college to new heights. “We will continue to support our nationally recognized academic programs in the natural and social sciences while striving to build a new center of academic excellence in the humanities,” he said. “We will also identify academic programs for the west county campus and take us to the next level as a high quality of liberal arts.” Gamble also noted he will strive to increase and improve student quality and diversity throughout the college’s campuses. “We will drive up applications to over 3,000 students allowing us to improve student quality on the Erie campus and to increase the diversity of our student body.” he said. “We will expand, support and publicly celebrate the accomplishments of our students and faculty especially in the areas of scholarship, artistic production, research and service to the community. “We will expand programs and enrollment at Mercyhurst North East, work to increase the number and success of transfers from Mercyhurst North East to the Erie campus.” Mosco, while emphasizing his zeal for the school, said that Gamble still wishes to teach while in ofﬁce. “He has a passion for education and the arts, making him the right ﬁt,” she said. Gamble said he looks forward to beginning his new top position at the college. “We have an exciting future ahead of us,” he said. “I see all of us; students, trustees, faculty, alums, associates, administrators, and staff entering that future together, with vigor, with our commitments intact, and with a deep appreciation for the sisters, who 80 years ago, converted a wind swept hill overlooking Erie, Pennsylvania into Mercyhurst College.”
Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 October 28, 2005
After months of searching, the 11th president is announced
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Dr. Thomas J. Gamble gave his acceptance speech to a full crowd in the Performing Arts Center.
Gamble’s background Campus Question
By Melissa Jack Features editor
For the past nine months a Presidential Search Committee consisting of 16 people – 14 faculty members and two students – were designated the arduous task of naming the 11th President of Mercyhurst College. The person they chose had to possess the personal qualities they felt necessary to carry on the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, as well as the professional skills to handle the responsibilities of maintaining such a well-respected institution. During Gamble’s speech to the Mercyhurst community this morning, he made the comment, “The Presidential Search Committee, under the very capable leadership of Bill Sennett, has also earned a debt of gratitude for a very thorough process and endless hours of diligent effort on behalf of the College—trust me.” Gamble’s many accomplishments throughout his professional life show how right the Search Committee was in making this decision. Gamble attended Gannon University for his undergraduate studies, and in 1972 graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in philosophy. He went on to graduate school at Syracuse University and received his M.A. in psychology in 1981 and his Ph.D. in psychology and social psychology in 1982. Gamble received some further postdoctoral training in the department of psychology at Yale University. His professional career took off when he became the director of the Edmund Thomas Adolescent Center from 19841988. From there he moved to the Erie County Ofﬁce of Children and Youth and was their Director of Child Professional Services from 1988-1993, and eventually became Executive Director from 1993-1997. In 1997, Gamble became a full-time member of the Mercyhurst College
What is your opinion on the Board of Trustees decision to appoint Dr. Thomas J. Gamble as Mercyhurst’s 11th president?
Andrea Taylor, senior
Dr. Thomas J. Gamble answers questions at a news conference.
Jackie McCarthy, junior
Kristen Erickson & Steph Jones, sophomores
community. From 1997-2003 he was associate professor of criminal justice and psychology while at the same time handling the duties inherent with being the director of the Civic Institute at Mercyhurst College. In 2003, Gamble was elected to the status of vice president of Academic Affairs, and has served in that capacity until his election as the 11th President of Mercyhurst College in the fall of 2005. Gamble also has in print 39 publications on various issues, such as psychology, criminal justice and education, and is responsible for getting 11 grants for various Erie county and city organizations. Gamble sits on the Board of Directors for Mercyhurst Preparatory School and is a member of Hamot Health Systems Board of Incorporators and the Erie Rotary Club. Gamble is also the current chair of Task Force on Role of Graduate Edu-
cation and Research and a member of Pennsylvania Child Welfare Measurement Committee. Upholding his intellectual roots, Dr. Gamble is a member of Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society and a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology. Gamble was also formerly on the Mercyhurst College Board of Trustees and was also the former Board Chair and Incorporator of the Children Advocacy Center of Erie County. With all these professional experiences, it appears he is qualiﬁed and capable of leading Mercyhurst College into the future. Marlene Mosco also commented that she is positive of Dr. Gamble’s ability to “make his mark” in this college community, and described him as having a unique combination of truth, integrity, mercy and justice”.
Robert Blackburn, sophomore
I feel that Dr. Gamble is very qualiﬁed for the position; however, I think that Mercyhurst is ready for a fresh change and an outside perspective for the future.
We think he’s going to do a great job and we’re happy with the decision.
Katie McAdams/Photo editor
I would have really liked a president who was not afﬁliated with Mercyhurst College. I also don’t like how he wants to turn the college into a research university. The college should have based their decision on the student’s opinion.
Weird. I guess you could say I’m not surprised.