DALLAS TOWNSHIP – Misericordia University’s board of trustees has offered its presidency position to Thomas J. Botzman, vice president for business and finance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and announced this afternoon that he has accepted.
Botzman will become Luzerne County’s oldest university’s 13th president when he will assume the presidency on July 1, 2013. He’ll succeed Michael A. MacDowell, who has been at the school since arriving in July 1998 from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., where he served as vice president.
“I am very excited and honored to be selected as the next president of Misericordia University, which has an impressive reputation for linking the liberal arts and sciences to a career-oriented education,” Botzman said in a university issued release. “The University has an impressive faculty and staff who know how to engage the students in learning, both inside and outside the classroom. It is an honor to follow Dr. (Michael A.) MacDowell’s successful 15 years and be entrusted with the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy. My wife, Vanessa, and I were warmly greeted by the campus community and are looking forward to joining in the growing record of success at Misericordia University.”
Botzman has served as vice president for business and finance at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, in St. Mary’s City, Md., since 2004, where he is also a professor of economics. His areas of responsibility have included finance, human resources, facilities and maintenance, information technology, government relations, athletics, sailing, and public safety.
Prior to his position at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Botzman served for 15 years on the faculty at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. In addition to other higher education positions, Botzman also worked in industry and is the inventor of 12 U.S. patents.
“Dr. Botzman’s background and expertise matched Misericordia University’s agenda for new leadership perfectly. He brings significant enthusiasm for this important leadership position, and a broad array of successful experiences that will enable him to build on the momentum our University has experienced over these last 15 years,” said Misericordia University Trustee Christopher Borton, who chaired the presidential search committee.
“As president of Misericordia University, I will need to convey the pivotal roles of teaching, research and service to a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies, especially in matching curriculum and program to students’ needs,” Dr. Botzman said, explaining how his background in both teaching and administration will aid his transition to the new leadership post.
Botzman earned a B.S. in engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also holds an M.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in business administration from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Botzman and his wife, Vanessa, have one daughter, Gabriela, a high school senior.
Misericordia University launched a national search to succeed MacDowell shortly after he announced his retirement in April. The presidential search committee received 69 applications from candidates across the country.
The board of trustees voted unanimously to offer the position to Botzman following extensive interviews on campus with the four finalists. The other three finalists were Michael Fischer, Barbara Farley and Suzanne Mellon.
“Tina and I are delighted that Dr. Botzman will be taking over as Misericordia‘s president on July 1,” said MacDowell. “Tom possesses the background and the credentials to make him an outstanding president. His years of leadership in higher education at both private and public colleges, his interest and experience in international higher education programs, and his demeanor fit well with the people and programs that make up the University. His wife Vanessa’s background as a nurse and her involvement with the communities in which she has lived will also be a true asset to Misericordia and the region.”
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