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Mercy College selects new president

Woman has degrees from Toledo, BGSU


The dean of health sciences at a college in Cincinnati is Mercy College of Ohio’s choice to become its new president.

Susan Wajert, whose degrees include a bachelor of science in nursing from Bowling Green State University and a master of business administration from the University of Toledo, succeeds John Hayward, who retired June 30 after nine years.

“We are confident that Dr. Wajert will build on the strong foundation of previous presidents and lead the college to new levels of growth,” Carl Barnard, chairman of Mercy’s board of trustees, said in a statement Thursday.

“Her experience and commitment to health education give her a valuable background on which to draw as we work together to make Mercy College a more integral part of Catholic Health Partners,” said Brian Smith, CHP’s executive vice president for networks. Catholic Health Partners recently announced its name will change to Mercy Health, which will be phased in over the next several years.

Ms. Wajert has been the health-sciences dean at Mount St. Joseph University since last year, and was previously chancellor of Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Rock Island, Ill., and associate academic dean for program development at Defiance College in Defiance.

She will take office Aug. 4. James Harter, the college’s vice president of administrative services, will continue until then as interim president. The college could not provide Ms. Wajert’s salary.

Her areas of focus will include building enrollment, program development, and becoming a leader in distance education and improving educational offerings at all CHP institutions, the college said.

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