DALLAS TWP. — Sarah Ellen Lenahan, Ed.D., vice president of operations and organizational development at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health of Villanova, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Misericordia University Convocation Ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater.
One of the largest and most advanced behavioral health care organizations in the country, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health utilizes a unique model that connects the latest scientific and medical advancements to practical, effective interventions in the treatment of behavioral health, according to the company’s website.
In her role, Lenahan provides leadership to the human resources and organizational development functions of Devereux. With more than 6,000 employees nationwide and more than $125 million in revenue, she ensures Devereux is the employer of choice through innovative retention, recruitment, benefits, and leadership training programs. Lenahan also serves as an internal coach to leadership candidates and executives, and serves as the staff liaison to the human resources committee of Devereux’s Board of Trustees.
A 1968 graduate of Misericordia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, she also earned a Master of Arts in biology from West Chester University and a doctorate in educational administration from Temple University, Philadelphia. From the Pennsylvania Department of Education, she holds certifications for superintendent, secondary principal and special education teacher.
During the ceremony, Misericordia University will present Lenahan with the Mission Award. The award is given to a member of the alumni community who best exemplifies the mission as set forth by the Sisters of Mercy.
The annual Convocation ceremony welcomes first-year students and their families to Misericordia University, and acts as the official start to the new academic year. Orientation begins later in the afternoon and continues until the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 29. The orientation program includes the Orientation Day of Service in which first-year students and other members of the campus community volunteer in the region.