New Provost and Vice President for Finance & Administration Announced
Rosemont College - September 24, 2020
Rosemont, PA – Today, Rosemont College’s President Jayson Boyers announced to the College community the appointments of two new senior administrators, Mika Nash, EdD and Marty Mehringer.
Effective October 1, Dr. Nash will assume the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, a role that was until today filled by Lisa Dolling, PhD. Also effective October 1, Mr. Mehringer will take on the role of Vice President for Finance and Administration, a position that until today was filled by Randy Eldridge, DBA.
President Boyers’ decision to make replacements in his senior leadership team comes shortly after his 100th day in office. In his letter to the College community, President Boyers stated,
“I acknowledge that my decision to bring Mr. Mehringer and Dr. Nash to Rosemont without search processes may be viewed by some as unconventional, and that some of you may question my making this change in senior leadership so soon after my own appointment on June 1. In their selection of me [as President], they [the Board of Trustees] chose a leader with a fervent commitment to this institution’s values, and the willingness to take the action required to ensure that its mission will live on. The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, quite the opposite is true. There is no doubt in my mind that there is promise and possibility at Rosemont College. But, to realize it, we need to be bold.”
In his message, President Boyers also acknowledged the contributions that Drs. Dolling and Eldridge made to the College during their tenures.
Rosemont’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs is an experienced and innovative academic leader. Mika Nash, EdD most recently served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at American International College. In that role, she was responsible for the operation, maintenance, and growth of the academic affairs side of a 3,500 student minority serving institution offering Associate, Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctoral level degrees, with almost 60% Pell eligible, first generation students, and a deep commitment to social justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Prior to her role at American International College, Dr. Nash served Champlain College as Dean of Continuing Professional Studies at Champlain College for nearly six years and Associate Dean of the same division for five years. From 2001 to 2007, she held various roles of increasing responsibility at the New England Culinary Institute culminating in the position of Dean of the School of Hospitality and Restaurant Management. Her early career included roles as the Researcher and Lead Writer in the President’s Office and Research Assistant for the Academic Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate, both at the University of Vermont.
Dr. Nash earned her Doctor of Education degree in Higher Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as well as both her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Vermont. Dr. Nash also holds a Post Baccalaureate 7-12 English certification.
Dr. Nash is excited to lead Rosemont in supporting the traditional, residential campus through the development of new revenue streams from corporate partnerships, broader online, low residency, and hybrid degree, certificate, and non-credit programs, and new initiatives to support debt reduction, adult degree completion, as well as increased retention, persistence, and graduation rates. Her emphasis on these initiatives, and her mission-centered approach to them, will secure Rosemont College’s place in today’s competitive higher education environment.
Dr. Nash was motivated to join the Rosemont College community by its mission, and commented that, “I am struck by the wisdom of Rosemont's third value, which is the acknowledgement that promoting compassionate justice takes both persistence and courage. Seeing each student's individual humanity does not result in easy answers, but it is essential if we are going to meet students where they are and support them in getting where they want to go. At the heart of what I see, as I learn more about Rosemont, is a campus rooted in a deep-seated love of learning, a curiosity about the other, about the big ideas, but about the smaller ones too, and a desire to bring one's best self to the learning community.”
The College’s new Vice President for Finance and Administration, Marty Mehringer, joins Rosemont College after four years as the Director of Financial Aid and Compliance for Salem University and Schiller International University. Prior to that position, Mr. Mehringer served for 11 years at Harrison College, first as the Associate Director of Student Financial Services, then the Director of Student Financial Services, and later as the Vice President of Student Financial Services.
Mr. Mehringer earned his Associate Degree in Business Management from Indiana Business College, his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwood University in Michigan, and his MBA from Indiana Institute of Technology.
Mr. Mehringer intends to help lead enrollment growth and increase retention at Rosemont by enhancing its physical plant, improving its campus services, and bolstering its financial standing. As a result, Mr. Mehringer confidently predicts 10% growth in the College’s graduation rate in the next three years.
When asked what drew him to Rosemont College, Mr. Mehringer replied that, “As someone who has dedicated my life’s work to higher education, I believe in transformative power of education to assist students to not only achieve their goals but help them to live more meaningful lives. Rosemont does this in a unique way through the POWER of small, and that excites me.”
Today’s announcement comes less than two weeks after President Boyers’ appointment of Yoli Alovor, PhD as the College’s first Chief of Staff and Vice President for Diversity and Belonging.
Founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rosemont College is a private, coeducational Catholic institution. Rosemont offers a comprehensive education through small group and experiential learning experiences while providing campus-wide academic, spiritual, and professional support. The College respects and embraces diversity and individuality and promotes students’ lifelong success. For more information, visit www.rosemont.edu.