Spring 2017 Letter from the President

Dear Friends,

This has been a time of rapid change and transformation in our city, our country, and the world. To be nimble means to be able to build a culture of creativity and innovation to respond to need in our community. To identify strengths and weaknesses. And to know when it’s time to make a move.

Here in Pittsburgh, the time to be nimble is now.

A 2016 report commissioned by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development serves as a call to action for area employers, educators, and policy makers. “Inflection Point: Supply, Demand, and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region” provides insight into occupations that will be in high demand in our region’s future—and the skills workers will need in order to fill these positions.

The report indicates that Pittsburgh is positioned to be a center for innovation. It also predicts that, by 2025, more than one million jobs will need to be filled here, thanks to baby boomer retirements, economic growth, and occupational transformation. 

In the spirit of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow is ever nimble in the face of this rapid change. Thanks to a generous grant from the R.K. Mellon Foundation, we have created the Carlow University Hub for Workforce Development and Innovation, enabling us to further partner with area businesses and organizations to identify and respond to their needs. We are developing new programs—from a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management and Analytics to online programs in business and health management and a graduate program in instructional design and technology. We have more programs on the drawing board that will be rolling out in 2018.

The pages of this magazine detail the spirit of our students—such as health management undergraduate Michelle Adkins, an avid barrel racer when she’s not studying, interning in a local hospital, or shooting hoops for the Carlow Celtics. Or Loretta Ellis, who, at age 59, completed her bachelor’s degree so that she can realize her dream to become an advisor to area teens. The strength of our faculty is critical to our success and is highlighted in accolades for Diane Matthews and Monique Hockman, in our feature on nursing professor Maria Flavin, and in a regular feature spotlighting engagement in research and scholarship. We also hear from successful alumni—from artists who are gallery owners, art educators, and art therapists right here in our city, to Charleeda Redman, who is vice president of informatics and clinical integration at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

We are investing in important strategic initiatives that will continue to position Carlow University to strive for our vision to be a preeminent, innovative Catholic university, renowned for providing transformational learning where students realize their full potential and become career-ready ethical leaders committed to a just and merciful world.

I’m proud to be at the helm of this university and to continue to align with our mission to meet the ever-evolving needs of our community. As we begin this academic year, we look with great anticipation and excitement at the opportunities that lie ahead.



Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD