Tom Botzman, Vice President for Business and Finance for nine years at St. Mary’s, is leaving his position in July to become the 13th President of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.
“I am very excited and honored to be selected as the next president of Misericordia University, which has an impressive reputation for linking the liberal arts and sciences to a career-oriented education,” Botzman said in a press release on the College’s website.
Botzman graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a B.S. in engineering. He earned his M.A. in economics and his Ph.D. in business administration from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
At St. Mary’s, Botzman has helped with the college’s institutional expansion, aiding in the construction of such complexes as the River Center, Glendenning, Goodpaster Hall, and the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center.
Botzman was also integral in keeping the College afloat during the financial collapse in 2008. “I’m really proud that when the world fell apart and everybody else had difficulty getting through it…we found ways to keep everybody working.”
President Urgo expressed his congratulations to Botzman, though he said he is unsurprised that another college would want to hire him. “We’re all very excited for Tom, very proud of him. It doesn’t surprise me that someone would see the talent in him and know that he’s really ready to take the reins of an institution and be the leader of all things.”
Botzman has enjoyed his time at St. Mary’s, expressing particular pleasure at working with the students, staff, and faculty at the College. “I think I’m proudest most just of being able to work with really good people,” Botzman said. “And for the students and for all the things you get to do here, and being a part of that through good times and no good times for the world – and being able to keep that going.” The study abroad program has also thrived under Botzman, jumping from single digit percentages to around 50 percent, and over half of the students attend graduate school. “That’s the best part of it. That’s why I like being in higher ed.”