Q&A With Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek, Lourdes University President

proud Ohioan, Dr. Mary Ann Gawelek, President of Lourdes University in Sylvania since June, 2016, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and sociology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She was awarded her Master of Education and Doctor of Education in counseling psychology degrees from Boston University.

Prior to becoming president of Lourdes University, Dr. Gawelek served as a graduate faculty member and academic administrator. With two decades of academic leadership experience at Seton Hall University, she has worked to change the face of higher education for the better.

Her expertise in working with traditional undergraduate and working adult students is guiding the Lourdes University community to strengthen its programs and delivery formats.

Where do you call home? I still refer to Cleveland as home. It is where I was born and lived until college.  Having spent 20 years in Boston and the Pittsburgh area leaves me with a deep appreciation for both towns.

What was your first job? I worked at a recreation center as a foot checker (oh my) and later as a lifeguard.

What health or lifestyle tips do you support? I believe in reflection, reading and swimming.

Your biggest self-indulgence? I am a spa woman– I always enjoy a good massage, facial, manicure and pedicure.

Favorite book? I love Elizabeth George mysteries.

I have always wanted to …? visit Australia.

What trait do you admire in others? Honesty and forthrightness.

Words you live by? Treat people with love and respect and life will be good.

Your proudest accomplishment? Having a loving family.

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