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Cronin is appointed first lay president of Mount Mercy Academy

Leaders of Mount Mercy Academy have appointed Margaret M. Cronin as the school’s new president, making her the first layperson to serve in the role.

Cronin, who graduated from the academy in 1978, will start the job immediately. She succeeds Sister Mary Ellen Twist, who retired June 30.

“Margaret Cronin has Mercy in her DNA,” said Kathleen M. Mehltretter, chairwoman of the Mount Mercy board of trustees. “Her Mount Mercy Academy education and the teachings of the Sisters of Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley have guided her life. Ms. Cronin’s business experience and her organization and administrative skills are impressive.”

After graduating from Mount Mercy, Cronin earned degrees from the University at Buffalo, Trocaire College and the University of Notre Dame.

In 2001, she earned an education leadership certification from Harvard University.

Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 1993, Cronin served as vice president for both Mercy Hospital and Clinical Services for Hospice Buffalo.

In California, she worked as an executive organizational and management consultant, serving clients such as the University of Southern California, UCLA, Stanford University and the University of Maryland Health System.

She returned to Buffalo last year and became campus minister at Mount Mercy.

“Whoever said you can’t return home wasn’t lucky enough to have graduated from Mount Mercy Academy,” Cronin said.

“This last year, I have been fortunate enough to have witnessed firsthand the exceptional quality of a Mercy Education. The students, faculty, staff and families amazed me every day. I am honored and excited about being a part of such a critically important organization.”

Mount Mercy is an all-girls high school at 88 Red Jacket Parkway in South Buffalo. It was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1904.