BALTIMORE – The Board of Trustees of Mercy High School has voted unanimously to appoint Mary Beth Lennon as president of the school, effective July 1, 2014. A 1985 graduate of Mercy, Lennon will be the first alumna to serve as president of Mercy. Her appointment comes after a national search.
In honor of Lennon’s appointment, Notre Dame of Maryland University announces that they will award annually two scholarships of $40,000 over four years to graduating seniors from Mercy High School, beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. Lennon is a 1989 graduate of the university.
Lennon is the director of communications and assistant to the president at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Fells Point. She is part of the leadership team that opened Cristo Rey Jesuit in 2007. Previously, Lennon had served as director of corporate and foundation relations at Notre Dame of Maryland University and Brassica Protection Products, a biotech start-up. Earlier in her career, she had worked in Washington, D.C., at the International Center for Journalists and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Lennon earned her bachelor of arts degree in history from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also holds a master of arts degree in Latin American history from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. Lennon serves on the boards of the Independent College Fund of Maryland, Baltimore Heritage, and St. Francis of Assisi School, in northeast Baltimore. In 2011, The Daily Record named her one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women.
In announcing Lennon’s appointment, Board Chair Helen T. Schneider, associate vice president for facilities and campus services at Loyola University Maryland, said, “Mary Beth is a dynamic leader whose career in Baltimore has been dedicated to strengthening our city’s important institutions. Her appointment as the next president of Mercy is exciting for the entire Mercy community because it reflects what we have always known about the school: the outstanding education that Mercy High School provides young women prepares them for leadership.”
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