Together, Mercyhurst is mourning the loss of a beloved member of our community. On April 12, Dr. Heidi Hosey-McGurk, dean of the Walker College of Business and longtime professor of English, passed away. The news was announced by President Getz on April 13. “She has been a cherished friend to many of us at the university,” Getz said in her message. Hosey-McGurk was an integral part of Mercyhurst for nearly 30 years. She was a scholar of feminist theory and a recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award.
Besides being the dean of Walker College, she served in a variety of educational roles, including chair of the English Department, dean of the Hafenmaier College of Arts and Humanities, vice president for strategic planning and vice president for instruction and assessment. However, most students know her for being the overseer of the Beyond the Gates requirement. One of Hosey-McGurk’s greatest accomplishments while being with Mercyhurst was helping to establish the Office of International Programs and Experiential Learning, where she served as dean and created the study abroad program that connects our community with our sister city of Dungarvan, Ireland.
In the three decades Hosey-McGurk was part of the Mercyhurst community, she touched the lives and minds of many students through her teaching as well as her various other roles. Like most at small universities, she wore many hats over the years, and through her varying positions she interacted with many students, staff, and faculty members across all walks of campus. “Heidi has been part of three administrations, yet always valued her role as a faculty member,” said longtime colleague and friend Alice Edwards, Ph.D., chair of the Department of World Languages. “Her immense capacity for work was matched by her creative problem solving and innovative ideas.” Plus, Edwards said, “Heidi was always the funniest person in the room.”
As a person, she was known to be quite humorous and would always know how to make everyone around her smile. In addition, Hosey-McGurk was incredibly kind and a joyous presence to all who knew her. It’s hard to imagine what life at Mercyhurst will be like without Dr. Hosey-McGurk. No matter how well you knew her, her presence was and will always be felt. Her legacy at Mercyhurst is one that will always be cherished and remembered in the many years to come. At this time, please keep Hosey-McGurk’s family and loved ones in your prayers and thoughts during this hard time.