Our Gannon University Mission is rooted in a 90-year tradition of success through which we have grown in our opportunities and the experience we are able to provide to our students.

At Gannon University, innovation transcends merely thinking to also embrace doing. It is an entire University community working together on new challenges and opportunities to foster real-world creativity at the dynamic intersection of theory and practice.View More on Gannon University's Goal to Foster Innovation

The impact of the University on the community extends beyond its economic impact and the skills its graduates contribute to the region’s labor force. Playing an active role in assuring access to higher education; volunteering by the University’s students, faculty and staff; and mobilizing intellectual capital for the common good are guiding principles at Gannon.View More on Gannon University's Goal to Engage in the Community

An international approach to teaching can be a significant catalyst to improve the lives of Gannon University’s students and faculty, but also people around the world, via research, discovery and dissemination of knowledge and innovation. Our goal is to provide globally excellent and internationally relevant teaching, research and knowledge-transfer activities in an intentional, reciprocal and committed way.View More on Gannon University's Goal to Develop a Worldview

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Universities exist to transform the lives of individuals and shape our society for the better. Today, universities are also powerhouses for economic growth, helping to build a more resilient economy and create jobs. Helping businesses to flourish and hardworking people be financially secure is consistent with Gannon University's Mission.

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.
2004 2014 20151
Total Students 3,441 4,410 4,416
Undergraduate Students 2,430 3,205 3,115
Graduate Students 1,011 1,205 1,301
International Students 3% 14% 17%
Minority Students 5% 9% 9%
Freshman GPA 3.33 3.52 3.53
Freshman SAT 1,047 1,034 1030
Retention (First to Second Year) 84% 83% 84%
Graduation Rates/4-Year 49% 48% 50%
Graduation Rates/5-Year 63% 62% 63%
Honors & Scholars Program Students 158 183 208
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 13:1 14:1 14:1
Student-Athletes 343 497 542
Students in Gannon Housing 1,139 1,219 1,198
Student Community Service Hours 27,746 85,000 88,622
Employed after Graduation or Continuing Education: Undergraduate 87% 86% 87%
Employed after Graduation or Continuing Education: Graduate 98% 97% 92%
Students Graduated 918 1,010 1,157
Alumni Graduates 32,754 35,360 42,577
1This data was recorded as of September 2015.

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

Thomas C. Guelcher ’62, ’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.

Robert P. Barker ’72
Retired Executive
Parker Aerospace
Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Candace (Horton) Battles ’93
Retired Social Worker
Harborcreek Youth Services
Erie, Pa.

Rev. Msgr. Robert L. Brugger
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.

Gwendolyn M. (Ralph) Garbarino, Esq. ’82
Vice President and General Counsel
Alexander, Garbarino, Neely and Hindman
State College, Pa.

James E. Gehrlein ’72
Retired Executive
Area President, National City Bank
Erie, Pa.

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

Rev. Msgr. Andrew H. Karg
Diocese of Erie
Seneca, Pa.

Elisa Konieczko, Ph.D. ’84 •
Associate Professor of Biology
President, Gannon University Faculty Senate

Brian M. Kurtz •
Director of Economic Development, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
President, Gannon University Alumni Association
Pittsburgh, Pa.

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

Thomas J. Loftus ’56, ’74M
Retired Business Executive
Lord Corporation
Erie, Pa.

Susan M. Nedza, M.D. ’80
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
MPA Healthcare Solutions
Hinsdale, Ill.

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

Thomas F. Power, Jr. ’63
Retired Business Executive
Wisconsin Central Transportation Corporation
Green Oaks, Ill.

Rev. Nicholas Rouch, S.T.D., ’83
Vicar for Education
Diocese of Erie
Erie, Pa.

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

James A. Scozzie, Ph.D. ’65
Retired Business Executive
Painesville, Ohio

Taylor Shaffer ’15 •
President, Student Government Association
Gannon University

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

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

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

Antoinette Spevetz, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Oxford, 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.