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A Message From Gerard J. Joyce, Ph.D.

President Gerard J. Joyce, Ph.D.

Biography of Gerard J. Joyce, Ph.D.

Gerard J. Joyce, Ph.D., is the 27th president of Mount St. Mary's University. He stands out as a strategic thinker and transformative figure in higher education, with a career defined by a dedication to academic distinction and a drive for mission-oriented expansion. His three-decade journey in the academy underscores an unwavering commitment to the values inherent in Catholic education and principled organizational stewardship.

At DeSales, as the first non-clergy president in university history, Joyce directed operating expenses and was instrumental in strategic planning and developing new programs. During his tenure as interim president, DeSales experienced tremendous enrollment growth and enhanced its academic portfolio with revenue-generating academic programs.

Under his guidance as executive vice president, DeSales University witnessed the largest first-year class for two consecutive years (2021 and 2022). Other notable achievements include developing DeSales' first branding platform, securing over $40 million in scholarships and grants for students, and managing the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. His forward-thinking approach has not only shaped the university's landscape but has also fortified the university’s mission and broadened its awareness.

Joyce's previous roles have encompassed a wide array of responsibilities, from vice president for student life to dean of enrollment management. He has left a lasting impact in each position through innovative student recruitment strategies, character-building programs and the establishment of international education initiatives.

His commitment to education extends into the classroom. As an adjunct instructor, he imparted his education philosophy, ethics, leadership, and decision-making knowledge, further enriching the academic environment. His involvement on various boards and organizations further underscores his dedication to advancing Catholic education and student success.

Joyce holds a Ph.D. in education administration and policy studies from The Catholic University of America. He earned his Master of Education degree from Kutztown University and his Bachelor of Science degree from DeSales University.

Joyce and his wife Erin, a nurse practitioner, are the parents of five children, who range in age from 22 to 7.

June Miller
Senior Executive Assistant to the President
Mount St. Mary's University
205 Bradley Hall
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
301-447-5600
president@msmary.edu