Dr. Gary Brown

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

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 freshmen 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, Ill., 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, a board member of the Lake View Country Club, local advisory board member of First National Bank, and board member of Brevillier Village Retirement Community.

Lori Hamblin


Lori Hamblin has been named assistant provost. In this capacity she is the chief academic officer for the McAuley College of Associate Degree Studies and oversees admissions, student life and information technology.

Hamblin served as the Director of Learning Differences at Mercyhurst North East from 2008 to 2010. During this time she also taught psychology classes at North East and at the Booker T. Washington Center.

In 2010, her skills were requested in the Provost’s Office and she assumed the role of executive assistant to the provost from 2010 to 2013. In this capacity, she played an integral role in spearheading the acquisition of software to digitize grants and contracts; implementing the programs for a number of the Mercyhurst Institutes; and developing of the Anthropology/Archeology doctoral program. She also played a major role in the budgeting process, especially for the North East campus.

Hamblin earned her bachelor of arts in criminal justice from Mercyhurst. She acquired her master’s degree in education from Slippery Rock University and became a board certified behavior analyst in 2003 through Penn State University. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in organizational learning and leadership at Gannon University.

Prior to her return to Mercyhurst, Hamblin worked as a probation/parole officer, as an educator in fraud prevention, as a guidance counselor, and as a behavior specialist for children with autism.

Lisa Miller


Lisa Miller, D.P.T., has been named assistant vice president for academic affairs, where she will be primarily responsible for faculty and student academic concerns on the North East campus.

Miller came to Mercyhurst in North East in 2002, teaching in the physical therapist assistant program, where she went on to achieve the rank of assistant professor.  She also has continued to work as a physical therapist within the Erie community for more than 20 years. 

While teaching and working, Lisa also earned her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Gannon University in 2008. 

Miller continues to expand her education as she currently studies as a doctoral student in organizational learning and leadership, also at Gannon. While at Mercyhurst, she has held the position of faculty senate president and has been actively involved with the core assessment process.