In March, 2016, the Maria College Board of Trustees appointed Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D. as its president.
Gamble received his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and completed his post-doctoral studies at Yale University. He comes to Maria after a decade of distinguished service as the president of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Mercyhurst and Maria are part of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education; seventeen colleges and universities in the United States sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.
His achievements at Mercyhurst include the transition of Mercyhurst College to Mercyhurst University; establishment of an international academic center in Dungarvan, Ireland; construction of the $15 million Warde residence hall; the construction of the $10.5 million Center for Academic Engagement, which houses the nationally acclaimed Tom Ridge School of Intelligence Studies and Information Sciences at Mercyhurst. Over $45 million dollars was raised during his presidency.
Also during his tenure, Mercyhurst developed five new graduate programs, including the university’s first doctoral program in Archaeology, the Master’s programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Physician Assistant Studies, Data Science, and Secondary Education. He was also instrumental in starting and growing on-line education at Mercyhurst. To enhance the Mercy mission of the university, Gamble created the Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies with an undergraduate minor in Catholic Studies and led the restoration of Christ the King Chapel, Gamble also secured for Mercyhurst the opportunity to co-host the archives of the internationally known religious leader, Sr. Joan D. Chittister, OSB.
In addition, the Gamble administration established the urban education initiatives at the Booker T. Washington Center and the Carpe Diem Academy, which deliver educational opportunities to underrepresented, largely minority citizens in Erie’s inner city. He also helped found the Multicultural Center at Mercyhurst and the Autism/Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) to meet the unique needs of the growing population of college-bound students on the autism spectrum.