Dr. David C. Hyland, Chief Academic Officer 

Dr. David C. Hyland has had a long and successful career as a scholar-teacher and as an academic administrator. Hyland has taught nearly 3,500 students and published or presented more than 100 articles, book chapters, papers, reviews and reports. He has also overseen and managed numerous labs, the biology department and the School of Health Professions and Public Health. In 2015 Hyland was named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and moved to the Mercyhurst North East campus as the chief academic officer.

Hyland joined Mercyhurst as a full-time faculty member in 1995, having previously served as a staff archaeologist in the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute (MAI) for four years. Hyland, who holds a joint appointment in the departments of anthropology/archaeology and biology, was awarded tenure as an associate professor in 2001 and promoted to full professor in 2008. With MAI, Hyland served as director of the Organic Residues Analysis Facility from 1991 to 2011 and as director of the R. L. Andrews Center for Perishables Analysis from 1995 to 2001.

Hyland also chaired the biology department for nine years (2001–10), during which time he revamped the academic program, increased the number of majors from 25 to 155, and designed and oversaw the construction of the Donald and Judith Alstadt Laboratory for Molecular and Cellular Research, the Ecology Laboratory and the Hirtzel Human Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory.

Hyland was elected president of Faculty Senate and served on the Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2011. More recently, Hyland served as the inaugural associate dean of the School of Health Professions and Public Health from 2013 to 2015.

Hyland earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. Though principally trained as a biological and archaeological anthropologist, his research interests are wide and varied. Hyland’s most recent project took advantage of the university’s cadaver lab and involved an investigation of the anatomical variations in the architecture of the thumb. In the past, he has explored the social connections between theories of culture and artistic movements, conducted archaeological fieldwork in faraway places like Mongolia and Ukraine, analyzed the material culture and perishable industries of the early Native American site of Pendejo Cave, New Mexico, and developed immunological techniques for identifying historic and prehistoric protein residues. Taken together, Hyland’s work has always been about creating a multi-vocal and holistic picture of the structure, function, history and culture of the human species.


Dr. Gary Brown, Chief Operating Officergary brown

Dr. Gary Brown had previously served as executive vice president of Mercyhurst North East from 1996 to 2011 before taking on a new post as senior vice president and chief financial officer at the Erie campus from 2011 to 2014. He returned to the Mercyhurst North East campus as chief operating officer in January 2014.

During his first tenure at Mercyhurst North East, Brown grew enrollment from 148 to 1,100 students. He oversaw the construction of three sets of student townhouses, one freshman residence hall, the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building, several new science labs (including a cadaver lab) and three athletic fields. Brown laid the foundation for the Mercyhurst Saints athletics department, adding 12 NJCAA athletic programs. Additionally, he was instrumental in helping to raise $2 million from individuals and foundations for the first campus endowment with a million-dollar donor matching challenge.

More recently, at the Erie campus, Brown facilitated and prepared the annual operating budget and was the lead administrative resource for three Board of Trustees committees: budget and finance, strategic finance and buildings/grounds. He also created a multi-year financial model for funding the 2020 Strategic Plan.

Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. He went on to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois, to earn a Master of Science in college student personnel and a doctor of philosophy in educational administration and higher education.

Brown brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in higher education administration. His previous posts at Mercyhurst include associate dean of students, director of retention and residence life (1994-1996) and assistant dean of students and director of residence life (1989-1994.) Prior to joining Mercyhurst, Brown was employed at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as the assistant head resident and coordinator of housing programming.

Brown serves as financial advisor to Integlio Productions and is a board member of the Lake View Country Club, a local advisory board member of First National Bank, and a board member of Brevillier Village Retirement Community.