Mary Beth Lennon
Mercy High School
When Mary Beth Lennon returned to Mercy High School four years ago to become their president, she became the first layperson and graduate to lead the private, Catholic college preparatory institution for young women.
She has ushered in a strategic planning process leading to increased fundraising and enrollment along with a heightened profile for the school.
Lennon is chair and board member for the St. Francis of Assisi School Board, Mayfield and chair of AIMS Accreditation Visiting Committee for Connolly School of the Holy Child in Potomac.
What role or responsibility do you have to help women succeed?
Since 1855, the Sisters of Mercy have ministered in Baltimore with a special focus on the education of women and girls. Inspired by their work to bring justice and peace to our world, I believe it is my role as the leader of a school that bears the name “Mercy” to give our girls an education infused with Mercy, Catholic values—excellence, respect, compassion, hospitality and a commitment to serve others. We expect our students and all of our 8,000 alumnae to use their Mercy education to lead and serve—in the workplace, in the community, and in our world.