Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Dr. Mary Ellen Caro Named First Woman President and CEO of Peirce College

It’s official! Following a comprehensive national search, the Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Peirce College’s eighth president: Dr. Mary Ellen Caro.

Dr. Caro currently serves as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Learner Services at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, N.J., where she is responsible for a wide range of functions, including student affairs; strategic corporate partnerships and learning contracts; marketing; and recruiting. She previously held other leadership positions at Thomas Edison, including Executive Vice Provost, Associate Provost and founding Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Dr. Mary Ellen Caro
Dr. Caro joined Thomas Edison in 2004 after a 25-year career at AT&T, where she progressed through several executive positions, culminating as Vice President of AT&T Business Services.

“Peirce College is an integral piece of the puzzle for workforce development and adult degree attainment in Philadelphia,” said Dr. Caro. “I look forward to building on this 153-year legacy and I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with new partners throughout the region to benefit working adults, businesses and the regional economy.”

Caro completed her doctorate in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing her dissertation on partnerships between business and higher education. In addition, she earned a Master of Science in Management from Stanford University, where she was an AT&T Sloan Fellow; a Master of Science in Applied Statistics from Rutgers University; and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Saint Elizabeth, where she majored in Mathematics and Sociology.

Dr. Caro becomes the first woman to hold the position of President and CEO in Peirce's 153-year history. Her first day at Peirce will be April 16th, 2018.

After 30 years with the College, current Peirce President and CEO James J. Mergiotti will retire on April 13th. Mergiotti was appointed president in July 2009 after serving as vice president, administration and executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining the administration, Mr. Mergiotti served as a Peirce College trustee from 1988 to 1998, including a term as board vice-chair.
“Dr. Caro’s expertise and vision will provide the perfect ingredients to expand on the great work of the Peirce community.” Mergiotti said. “I am very enthusiastic about the College’s future under her direction and delighted that an executive of her caliber will be joining the leadership ranks in our region."

This morning, the Philadelphia Inquirer published a story in both print and online announcing Dr. Caro's appointment. Click here to view the article.

Welcome to Peirce College, Dr. Caro!