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UDM names two new Board of Trustee members

University of Detroit Mercy Board of Trustees recently elected two new members to the board: Mary Ann Dillon, RSM, Ph.D.; Mercy Health Systems, and Linda Werthman, RSM., Ph.D; Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Mary Ann Dillon, RSM, Ph.D. is the senior vice-president of Mission and Sponsorship for Mercy Health System of Southeastern PA.  From 1997-2010, she was president of Mount Aloysius College in Penn. and previously, assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Saint Francis University in Illinois from 1990-1997.

Also on the Board of Trustees of Gwynedd-Mercy College, Misericordia University, and Salve Regina University, she serves on the Board of Advisors for Xavier University and the finance council of the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

Dillon received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Misericordia University and a Masters of Art in Theology from the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto. She earned a Ph.D. in Systematic/Moral Theology and a graduate certificate in health care ethics from Duquesne University.

Linda Werthman, RSM, Ph.D. was most recently on the Institute Leadership Team for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, for the Detroit region, from 2005-2011. From 1998-2005 she was president of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, in the Detroit Regional Community. In 1991, she was appointed the an associate vice president of academic affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy as liaison with the College of Health Professions, College of Education and Human Services and School of Dentistry with direct responsibility for Continuing Studies and the Urban Health Education Center until 1998.and was associate provost & dean of Continuing Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy from 1991-1994.

A member of the Catholic Health Ministries and Trinity Health Board, she is also a member of Mercy Housing and Mercy Loan Fund and the National Association of Social Workers. Werthman was honored with the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 1991 from Mercy College of Detroit and received a Leadership Award from the Mercy High Education Colloquium in 1995.

She received her bachelor of arts degrees in history and her elementary education certification from Mercy College of Detroit. She earned her M.S.W in the school of social work from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in applied social sciences from Case Western Reserve University.

Release date: February 21,2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

For the 11th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" – 2012 edition.