Mary Persico

Sister Mary Persico IHM, Ed.D. is the President of Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Marywood is a coeducational, comprehensive, residential, and Catholic University founded in 1915 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The University enrolls more than 3,000 students in an array of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Prior to assuming the Presidency of Marywood, Sister Mary served as the executive vice president of mission integration for Trinity Health in Livonia, Mich., one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Prior to that, Sister Mary served as president of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, from 2002-2010. She also served as the IHM Congregation’s treasurer from 1994-2002.

Sister Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French/Education from Marywood. She holds a Master of Arts degree in French from Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., and a Master of Arts degree in Education Administration from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. She also earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University.

She has overseen a number of academic and leadership initiatives. In addition to serving on the Board of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Sister Mary is currently a Board Member of the Scranton Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Lackawanna County Opioid Overdose Coalition, and serves on the Treatment subcommittee. She is a founding member of the Leadership Academy, Catholic Health East/Seton Hall University, and has served as board chair of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC), which facilitates educational opportunities for women religious in ten sub-Saharan African countries.




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