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Sister Peg Albert Named 10th President
of Siena Heights University

ADRIAN, MI [05/15/06]--During a press conference on April 12 in Adrian, Mary Margaret (Peg) Albert, OP, PhD, was named the 10th president of Siena Heights University (SHU). Sister Peg, who is currently the executive vice president at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, becomes the first Adrian Dominican Sister to be appointed president of the University since 1969. She succeeds Richard Artman, PhD, as president.

A 10-member search committee, as well as a search firm, recommended the hiring of Sister Peg. The SHU Board of Trustees and the Adrian Dominican Congregation both approved her hiring. Sister Peg has served as Barry’s closest advisor to the president since 1994, and also has been a SHU board member since 2002. Siena Heights is an Adrian Dominican sponsored institution.

“Trustees are overwhelmingly grateful that a candidate of Sister Peggy Albert’s caliber is available to us at this time,” said Father J. Patrick Murphy, CM, chairman of the SHU Board of Trustees. “She is uncommonly qualified by her experience, credentials and demeanor. She has the added distinction of being steeped in the values of Siena Heights University as a member of the Adrian Dominican community.”

Sister Peg received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wayne State University in 1975 and master’s and doctoral degrees in social work from Barry in 1982 and 1988, respectively. She completed her post-doctoral work at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

An associate professor of social work, Sister Peg served as a counselor at Barry for 12 years. She was named Barry’s associate vice president for student services in 1988. In 1994, she was promoted to executive vice president at Barry, another Adrian Dominican sponsored institution.

Her most recent — and most challenging — work was to guide the newly purchased Barry University School of Law in 2001. Serving as it chief administrator, Barry’s law school earned provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association in 2002 — one of only two law institutions in the nation founded and headed by women to earn that distinction.

Sister Peg has been an Adrian Dominican Sister for more than 31 years. Known as a service-oriented professional, her guiding words are: “If you can wake up every morning and say, ‘How can I be of service today?’, and at the end of the day, you know that you have served, then it’s been a good day.”

Siena Heights University is a coeducational institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Siena Heights University was founded in the liberal arts tradition, offering associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees.

The university is headquartered in Adrian, Michigan with degree completion centers in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Jackson, Lansing, Monroe, Port Huron and Southfield, and a Theological Program in partnership with the Diocese of Lansing.

Sister Peg Albert Named 10th President of Siena Heights University

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