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Kevin Burke, administrative vice president, Wealth Advisory Services, Wilmington Trust, N.A., welcomes guests at the Oct. 2 “Renew & Rejoice: Celebrating Mercy Leadership” reception.

Mercy High recognizes new leadership team

“Renew & Rejoice: Celebrating Mercy Leadership” was the theme of several events in early October that recognized Mercy High School’s new leadership team.

One of those gatherings was a reception held Oct. 2 in the school’s Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium. The 200 guests included Baltimore civic and business leaders in addition to alumnae and friends of Mercy High School.

Mary Beth Lennon, the new president, is the first alumna to serve as president of Mercy High School. She is also the first permanent lay woman in that role. Joining Ms. Lennon on the leadership team are Jeanne Blakeslee, principal, and Mary Ella Marion, also a Mercy alumna, as dean of students.

“Mercy High School alumnae are called to respond to the needs of the world in new and unprecedented ways. In the plainest words possible, to get up, find a need and make a difference,” Lennon said. “And that is exactly what the new leadership team is planning to do. We are partnering with business leaders to bring Mercy High School to a new level of excellence.”

Mercy High School, an all-girls, college preparatory school in Baltimore, was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1960.

Carol E. Smith ‘64, retired associate judge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court (left), talks with Sister Patricia Smith, RSM, Ph.D., chair of the board of trustees at Mercy High School.

Carol E. Smith ‘64, retired associate judge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court (left), talks with Sister Patricia Smith, RSM, Ph.D., chair of the board of trustees at Mercy High School.

Bill Henry, councilman, Baltimore City Council (left) and Lenora F. Henry ‘88, associate director of development, House of Ruth (right), congratulate Mary Beth Lennon ‘85, the new president of Mercy High School.

Bill Henry, councilman, Baltimore City Council (left) and Lenora F. Henry ‘88, associate director of development, House of Ruth (right), congratulate Mary Beth Lennon ‘85, the new president of Mercy High School.