Mercy High school alumni appointed president, first time in schools history

BALTIMORE - Mercy High School has appointed its first alumna president of the school.

Mary Beth Lennon was voted in unanimously by the Board of Trustees and will become the first alumna president effective July 1, 2014.

Lennon is currently serving as director of communications and assistant to the president at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Fells Point. She is part of the leadership team that opened Cristo Rey Jesuit in 2007.

In honor of her appointment, Notre Dame of Maryland University will annually award two scholarships of $40,000 over four years to two graduating seniors from Mercy High School beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Lennon graduated from Notre Dame of Maryland University in 1989 where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Latin American history from The Catholic University of America.

Lennon serves on the boards of the Independent College Fund of Maryland, Baltimore Heritage, and St. Francis of Assisi School.

The Daily Record named her one of Maryland's Top 100 Women in 2011.

"Mary Beth is a dynamic leader whose career in Baltimore has been dedicated to strengthening our city's important institutions. Her appointment as the next president of Mercy is exciting for the entire Mercy community because it reflects what we have always known about the school: the outstanding education that Mercy High School provides young women prepares them for leadership," Board Chair Helen Schneider said in a release.

Founded in 1960, more than 300 students attend Mercy High School now.

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