Suffolk U. Names Provost/Academic VP


BOSTON – Suffolk University has named Patricia Maguire Meservey provost and academic vice president.

Meservey will join the University November 1 in the new position. She comes to Suffolk after serving as vice provost for faculty and budget at Northeastern University, where she originally joined the faculty in 1989 as a professor.

“Dr. Meservey joins the University during a period of tremendous growth, with new programs constantly in development and multiple campuses here and abroad,” said Suffolk University President David J. Sargent. “She brings a strong track record of success in establishing new positions of responsibility in the academic arena, and we look forward to her leadership as the University nears its centennial.”

Suffolk University, founded to offer quality education to a diverse student population, now has campuses in Dakar, Senegal; Madrid, Spain; and three satellite sites in eastern Massachusetts. Meservey will be involved in overseeing each of these academic centers.

"Suffolk is a University of access, with a focus on diversity, community service and leadership in a global society,” said Meservey. “The University has experienced significant growth and is advancing its reputation as a national and international institution. From the first conversation in the search process, I found the University's aims are aligned with my core values and experiences in higher education. I feel that its values fit well with what I've been doing and where I'm heading. It is an honor to have been selected for this position and I look forward to working with the faculty, students and the entire Suffolk community."

The University’s programs are evolving to meet the demands of a changing world, and Meservey will work closely with the deans on academic initiatives. The College of Arts and Sciences now has two doctoral programs, a wide array of graduate programs and an honors program. The Sawyer School of Management is emphasizing global business in all its undergraduate and graduate programs; and the Law School offers focused study through an LLM in Global Technology as well as JD concentrations in civil litigation, health and biomedical law, intellectual property, international law and financial services.

The University recently became the master tenant of 73 Tremont Street and will begin moving administrative offices into the building by the end of September. The Tremont Street building also will be home to the University’s new library.

Plans are under way for a yearlong centennial celebration in 2006 marking Suffolk University’s first 100 years of accomplishment. The celebration will coincide with the University’s largest-ever capital campaign.

“We look forward to Dr. Meservey’s involvement as we prepare for Suffolk’s second century,” said Sargent.

While at Northeastern, Meservey also served as special assistant to the president, interim vice provost for enrollment management, director of the Center for Community Health Education, Research and Service, and director of the Graduate Medical and Nursing Education Partnership Program.

In addition to her administrative expertise, Meservey has made her mark in academia, having contributed to several books and published numerous articles. She also held administrative and faculty positions at Boston University’s School of Nursing and, as a registered nurse, has served on the staffs of several Boston hospitals.

Meservey holds a PhD in higher education administration from Boston College; a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; an MS in parent-child health nursing from Boston University; a BS in nursing from Boston University; and a diploma in nursing from Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain.

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