Mary Meehan, Ph.D., was appointed interim president of Seton Hall University on March 23, 2017. She is a nationally respected higher education and healthcare leader, as well as a former Seton Hall administrator and University alumna.
Meehan has spent more than 30 years in executive positions at higher education and healthcare institutions, including more than a decade as the first lay president of Alverno College, a leading Catholic women's college in Milwaukee, Wis.
Meehan earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at Seton Hall, as well as an M.S. in Health Policy and Management from New York Medical College. At Seton Hall, she served as Vice President and Assistant to the President from 1996 to 2001 and as Executive Vice President for Administration from 2001 to 2004.
She also has an extensive professional healthcare background, having previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, N.J. and as Administrator and CEO of St. Vincent's Medical Center in Harrison, N.Y. Meehan is a life fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a licensed professional mental health counselor.
She currently serves on a number of boards including:
- Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership – Chair
- Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa
- Richard Pieper Family Foundation
Meehan has also served on national boards, most recently the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (Vice Chair), NCAA Presidents Council, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (Chair), Women's College Coalition and Froedtert Health System.
In addition, she has provided extensive service to the Catholic Church. She chaired the board of the Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology and served on the Review Board for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. She also chaired the Meehan Commission, a national survey of Catholic dioceses' policies regarding allegations of clergy misconduct.
Meehan has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious Sacagawea Award from Professional Dimensions, the Thomas More Faithful Servant Award, the Ben Franklin Award, Woman of the Year from Seton Hall University and the Outstanding Professional of the Year by both the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association and the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association.