Pittsburgh, Pa. - At the annual State of the University Address, Carlow University President Dr. Mary Hines announced that she will retire as president at the conclusion of her term on July 31, 2013.
"The University is well positioned to allow me to move on to a new phase in my life," said Dr. Hines, who has spent 55 years in education, including 43 years in higher education in Maryland and Pennsylvania. "At the end of this five year extension of my current contract, I will retire to return to the family that has made significant sacrifices to support my leadership in higher education over these many years."
During her eight-year tenure, Carlow has experienced increased community visibility, academic transformation and significant milestones.
"Carlow has become a respected and vibrant University in name, in practice, and in reputation both in and beyond Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh leaders serve on Carlow advisory committees, as adjunct faculty, and as MBA Executives in Residence. Carlow has developed vibrant partnerships in Pittsburgh, as well as nationally and internationally.
"Carlow's endowment increased its 2005 market value by six times, and the University has received several of the largest gifts in its history.
" Graduate School enrollment has more than doubled. The University initiated two highly successful doctoral programs: Nursing Practice and Counseling Psychology (both achieving maximum accreditation), an international on-line Masters in Fraud and Forensics, an MBA with an on-line option, an on-line Special Education Certificate, and other graduate programs designed to meet the employment needs of learners and the contemporary workplace.
"Undergraduate academic programs in social work and nursing were awarded maximum accreditation; the University received re-affirmation of its overall accreditation; and undergraduate programs have been designed to reflect the needs of 21st century learners.
"The size of the full time faculty has doubled. Increased faculty scholarship, research and national/international presentations have brought significant professional recognition to them, to their students, and great pride to Carlow.
"The University increased its footprint in Oakland with the acquisition of the former St. Agnes Elementary School and now owns all the former St. Agnes Parish buildings. The Oakland Campus has undergone significant improvements in landscape design, facilities improvements, and technology infrastructure.
"The University responded to community requests to expand the Campus School of Carlow University's Montessori program to serve children up to 9 years of age; the Early Learning Programs have achieved high recognition and full accreditation from its national association, and partners in Early Childhood Education with a women's university in Seoul, South Korea.
"Carlow's Campus School initiated a new curriculum focus in STEAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).
"Carlow founded Carlow Laureates for distinguished alumnae, and redesigned its "Women of Spirit" Awards program to include a "Women of Spirit Institute" offering summer camps for young women to explore emerging professions.
" The numbers of Carlow students studying abroad has tripled, as has student engagement as servant leaders within Carlow, as well as locally and nationally. Carlow's student athletes have won Conference championships.
"The University has demonstrated and has been recognized at the highest levels for its overall commitment to the Mercy values of justice and service in the community and nationally through service learning programs and volunteer leadership.
"Mary Hines has been an exceptional leader at a pivotal time in the life of Carlow University. Her vision and dedication to the Mercy mission have guided the institution forward as it transitioned from college to university status," said George Pry, chair of the University's Board of Trustees. "She has fostered the growth of Carlow's uniquely collaborative style in education, while ensuring that the University is effectively positioned for continued success a proud legacy, indeed. The Board is deeply grateful for Mary's selfless service and wishes her many blessings as she begins the next chapter of her life."
Dr. Hines is Carlow University's ninth president, and the first lay person to hold the office. She came to Carlow from Penn State University's Wilkes-Barre campus, where she served as campus executive officer for eight years from 1997 until 2005 and led the successful Campaign for its Academic Commons.
A search committee has been formed and a search firm has been retained to assist in the search for the tenth president of Carlow University.