Laurie Hamen '82 named Mount Mercy University president
Laurie Hamen ’82, a higher education veteran with nearly 30 years of experience in academic leadership, will be Mount Mercy University’s ninth president. Mount Mercy is a Catholic liberal arts university located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Hamen is currently vice president for enrollment management, athletics, and student affairs at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., where she has served for the last 18 years. Prior to North Central College, Hamen’s experience included positions in Catholic higher education at College of St. Benedict, Saint Joseph, Minn., and at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minn. In addition, Hamen has held leadership positions at Mississippi University for Women and Minnesota State University, Mankato.
“I am extremely excited to become Mount Mercy’s next president,” Hamen said. “I look forward to working with the community, university leaders, students, faculty, staff and alumni.”
Hamen holds a Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Ill. She has completed Ph.D. coursework in educational administration at the University of Minnesota and earned a Master of Science degree in counselor education and professional development from Winona State University. Committed to the value of a Catholic, liberal-arts education, Hamen also holds a bachelor of arts degree in home economics from St. Catherine University.
A native of Minnesota, Hamen and her husband Bill have three children and two grandchildren.
Hamen was introduced as the next president during a campus event this afternoon and will begin her presidency in early 2014.