Office of the President

Maria College announces Dr. Lynn Ortlale as its next president

May 26, 2022 – Maria College and its Board of Trustees proudly announce the appointment of Lynn Ortale, Ph.D. as its sixth president to begin her role on July 1, 2022. Learn more. 

Presidential Search 2022

Maria College has appointed Academic Search to assist in the Presidential search process. Click here to learn more and view the search prospectus.

Maria College announces the retirement of Dr. Thomas Gamble as President

October 20, 2021 – Maria College has announced that President Thomas J. Gamble will retire in 2022, after a successful six years at the helm of Maria. Learn more. 


Dear Students and Families,

Welcome to Maria College! It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to our institution. Maria offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for learning, and our reputation for academic excellence and student support services is known throughout the region.

Founded in 1958, Maria College is one of 17 colleges and universities sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  We have a long-standing tradition of preparing students for meaningful careers in healthcare and service so they can make a difference in the lives of others. With educational programs in health sciences, nursing, psychology, liberal arts and healthcare management, the Maria curriculum offers opportunities for students to pursue numerous career interests. As high school students, transfer students, and working adults now think in terms of career ladders, more and more students are finding Maria to be a perfect fit.

Whether considering a professional certificate or a degree program, our learning environment is one of small classes and close interaction with faculty. At Maria you are a name, not a number, and you’ll find this a campus where faculty and administration are highly invested in your success.

As a provider of higher education for 60 years, we have realized the importance of keeping education highly affordable. A college education should not present an insurmountable financial burden for families, and at Maria we are working hard to keep our tuition in check. At the same time, we are focused on identifying high demand majors and providing these programs in flexible schedules — day, evening, weekend, and online courses — to meet the needs of both the high school graduate and the adult learner.

I invite you to prepare for your future at Maria College. I can assure you it will be an educational journey with a rich opportunity for stimulating personal growth and providing exciting possibilities for your future success.

Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D.