Mercy College of Health Sciences names new president

Mercy College of Health Sciences’ board of directors has named Douglas Fiore as the college’s next president. Fiore will succeed Barbara Quijano Decker, who announced her retirement in August 2017 after 12 years of leading Mercy College. Fiore will work with Decker in a period of onboarding through June 10, when he will begin as president.

Fiore, who most recently was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Park University, a private college in Parkville, Mo., was selected following an extensive national search.

"After thoughtful succession planning and a national search process, the board is pleased to have selected Dr. Fiore to lead Mercy College moving forward," Glenn Lyons, chairman of the board of directors and co-chair of the search committee, said in a release. "Dr. Fiore brings with him many years of higher education experience and joins us ready to accelerate Mercy College’s position as a national leader for excellence in the delivery and innovation of health sciences education.”

Officially formed in July 1995, Mercy College of Health Sciences had 758 undergraduate students enrolled in fall 2017. The college traces its roots back to the Mercy Hospital Training School, established in 1899 to train nurses.

Fiore earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational administration from Indiana State University, a Master of Science in education from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Arts in education and speech arts and sciences from Hofstra University. Throughout his career he held leadership roles at several higher education institutions and in the public K-12 school system.

He is recognized for his consulting work in areas relating to developing culture, collaborations, partnerships and faculty recruitment and retention. He has authored or co-authored eight books for school administrators and frequently contributes to numerous publications and conferences, both nationally and internationally.

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead an organization whose rich history and institutional mission and vision play such an important role in the Des Moines community,” Fiore said. “I look forward to working with the college’s talented students, faculty and staff as well as its dedicated alumni, parents and community partners.”

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