With the close of Fiscal Year 2014 came the completion of Year One for Gannon University’s 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, a year that was characterized by growth, change and undeniable success for the University. This past year, our Gannon University family members have flourished as leaders, motivating us to achieve our goals to foster innovation, engage in the community and develop a worldview.

Innovation is the engine of transformation at Gannon University. New ideas, new initiatives and new ways of enhancing existing programs and protocols all contribute to the dynamism of a University that is in touch with the times and with the people it serves.View More on Gannon University's Goal to Foster Innovation

Service is at the heart of the University’s Mission. Founded on the principle of service to the community, Gannon University embraces engagement as an articulation of our Catholic Identity at its fundamental level, and as a privilege.View More on Gannon University's Goal to Engage in the Community

When Gannon University students and faculty travel the globe, they do so to change the world and be changed by it. The enterprise of developing a worldview is a simulacrum of the influential power of intellectual inquiry and transformation.View More on Gannon University's Goal to Develop a Worldview

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See what Valerie Bacik, director of planning and strategic initiatives has to say about Gannon's strategic goals and measures.

Gannon University is a valuable resource that continues to meet the needs of individuals, businesses, organizations and social service agencies throughout northwestern Pennsylvania.

Total Economic Impact on the Region

Gannon University plans, budgets and invests for long-term success. It only makes sense; our students are here to prepare for long-term success too. By way of comparison, we offer these statistics to illustrate Gannon University’s growth and progress in the last decade and Fiscal Year.
2003 2013 20141
Total Students 3,459 4,211 4,410
Undergraduate Students 2,435 3,111 3,205
Graduate Students 1,024 1,100 1,205
International Students 3.9% 10% 14%
Minority Students 5% 9% 9%
Freshman GPA 3.21 3.54 3.52
Freshman SAT 1048 1042 1034
Retention (First to Second Year) 80% 79% 83%
Graduation Rates/4-Year 49% 50% 48%
Graduation Rates/5-Year 65% 63% 62%
Honors & Scholars Program Students 174 167 183
Student to Faculty Ratio 13:1 14:1 14:1
Student-Athletes 349 450 497
Students in Gannon Housing 1,184 1,161 1,219
Student Community Service Hours 22,283 73,505 85,000
Employed after Graduation or Continuing Education: Undergraduate 91% 86% 86%
Employed after Graduation or Continuing Education: Graduate 99% 95% 97%
Students Graduated 862 971 1,010
Alumni Graduates 29,345 34,631 35,360
1This data was recorded as of September 2014.

Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, J.C.L. •
Bishop of Erie

Thomas C. Guelcher '62, MBA '76M
Vice Chairperson
Properties Director
Sisters of Mercy
Erie, Pa.

Mark Minnaugh ‘81
Giant Eagle, Inc.
Allison Park, Pa.

Keith Taylor, Ph.D. •
Gannon University
Erie, Pa.

William I. Alford II '65
Retired Executive
Akron, Ohio

Benny C. Askew, Jr., Ph.D. ‘83
Vice President, Research
SciFluor Life Sciences
Cambridge, Mass.

Robert P. Barker ‘72
Retired Executive
Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Rev. Msgr. Robert L. Brugger, J.C.L.
St. George Church
Erie, Pa.

Marcia A. Dall
Executive Vice President and CFO
Erie Insurance Group
Erie, Pa.

Tina M. Donikowski '85
Vice President
GE Transportation Systems
Erie, Pa.

Sr. Mary Drexler, S.S.J. ‘71VMC
Villa Maria Academy
Erie, Pa.

Deborah A. Dubik, Esq. ‘76
Retired Business Executive
Judge Advocate
Davenport, Iowa

Stephen Frezza, Ph.D.
Gannon University Faculty Senate

James E. Gehrlein '72
Retired Executive
Erie, Pa.

Rev. Scott Jabo
Cathedral Prep/Villa Maria Academy
Erie, Pa.

Rev. Msgr. Andrew H. Karg
Seneca, Pa.

James W. Keim, Jr.
Senior Vice President
RBC Dain Rauscher
Erie, Pa.

Luke King •
Student Government Association
Gannon University
Erie, Pa.

Scott Krall '84
Alumni Director
Bayer MaterialScience LLC
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Urban J. LaRiccia '59
Private Investor
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Thomas J. Loftus '56, '74M
Retired Business Executive
Cary, N.C.

Susan M. Nedza, M.D. ‘80
Vice President
HealthyCircles, LLC
Hinsdale, Ill.

Richard G. Orlando, M.D. '76
Columbus Ophthalmology
Dublin, Ohio

Thomas F. Power, Jr. '63
Retired Business Executive
Green Oaks, Ill.

Rev. Nicholas Rouch, S.T.D., ‘83
Vicar for Education
Diocese of Erie, Pa.

James J. Rutkowski, Jr. '83
General Manager/Treasurer
Industrial Sales and Manufacturing, Inc.
Erie, Pa.

Robert F. Ruyak, Esq. ‘71
Winston & Strawn LLP
Washington, D.C.

James A. Scozzie, Ph.D. ‘65
Retired Business Executive
Cleveland, Ohio

Timothy G. Shuttleworth
President and CEO
Eriez Magnetics
Erie, Pa.

Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Smith, J.C.L.
Vicar General
Diocese of Erie, Pa.

Christopher B. Snyder ‘81
Co-founder and CEO
Spectrum Direct
Erie, Pa.

Rev. Msgr. Richard J. Sullivan
St. Andrew Church
Erie, Pa.

James F. Toohey, Esq. '56
Quinn, Buseck, Leemhuis,
Toohey & Kroto Inc.
Erie, Pa.

Margaret A. "Meg" VanderLaan '89
Vice President of Corporate Communications
MWH Global
Broomfield, Colo.

Sr. Mary Ann White, S.S.J. •
Sisters of Saint Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania
Erie, Pa.

William M. Zeitler ‘69
Retired Business Executive
New Canaan, Conn.

• Ex-officio Members

Gannon is a Catholic, Diocesan university dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Our faculty and staff prepare students to be global citizens through programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and professional specializations. Inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, we offer a comprehensive, values-centered learning experience that emphasizes faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility.