Laurie Hamen, a longtime vice president at North Central College in Naperville, will become the ninth president of Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Hamen, 54, of River Forest, has been an administrator at North Central College since 1996 and has served as vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs since 2002. Under her leadership the College’s enrollment increased 100 percent to 2,700 undergraduates and the number of students living on campus increased 50 percent to 1,500 residents.
“My work at North Central College has provided me with considerable experience that will be directly applicable to the work I will do as president of Mount Mercy University,” Hamen said. “Like North Central, Mount Mercy is a comprehensive liberal arts institution that additionally concerns itself with civic engagement, professional education and a sense of place in the community.”
Hamen’s initiatives at North Central have impacted many aspects of the College, including student recruitment and retention, Division III athletics, financial aid, expanded health services and enrollment of minority students, international students and others.