Annual Report 2019-2020

Sister Mary Persico IHM, Ed.D. '69

Dear Alumni and Friends of Marywood University,

We can truly say the academic year 2019-2020 ended like no other year in our 104 year history. The core values of our strong liberal arts education- flexibility, adaptability, openness to new ideas, creativity- guided us through the early days of the pandemic as we learned to pivot and grow with each new challenge placed before us. Our faculty and students continued to teach and learn and thrive, and their determination and grit inspired us all to keep looking to the future with hope and a little less trepidation.

However, in one very profound way, the year was just like all the years before it. Through it all, our loyal alumni and friends continued to demonstrate their belief in the transformative power of a Marywood education by supporting Marywood students with their gifts. These gifts provided scholarship assistance, investments in capital improvements, innovative programmatic and community outreach projects, student emergency assistance, investments in technology and remote learning, and support for extracurricular activities from athletics to theatrical productions to academic clubs. The gift of a Marywood education is an extraordinary gift- one that would not be possible without you.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to helping our students find their passion and purpose at Marywood, and most importantly, in life. Our students prosper because of the extraordinary community that has invested in their future- thank you for being a very important part of that community. This year has certainly shown us once again that we are stronger together.


sister mary persico, IHM
Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D. ’69