Biography

Patricia “Pat” Maguire Meservey has served as Salem State University’s 13th president since July 2007. Salem State is one of the largest state universities in the commonwealth and the largest in the north of Boston region. The institution enrolls 9,600 students in 29 undergraduate and over 40 graduate programs in the liberal arts, human services, and business and has a large offering of continuing education programs. Evidence of the excellence of Salem State’s academic program is that the university has more academic accreditations than any other state university in Massachusetts. 

President Meservey has positioned Salem State as a critical resource for the region’s business, nonprofits and local cities and towns. Instrumental in the acquisition of university status for Salem State in 2010, along with the other eight state colleges in the commonwealth, President Meservey works in close collaboration with other public institutions to strategically and effectively deliver on the promise of an accessible and affordable education.

Known for the academic strength of its faculty, Salem State University in 2011 was named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of country’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars in its category. The university is consistently cited in the top 20 percent of colleges and universities in the nation for embracing America’s military service members and veterans as students. 

Under President Meservey’s leadership, Salem State has expanded its international presence. The university now welcomes over 450 students from 67 nations. President Meservey recently traveled to China, where she conferred Salem State degrees on 19 Chinese students who studied in Salem for two years as part of an innovative cross-cultural exchange program. She strongly supports the importance of incorporating a global perspective into every student’s education and encourages Salem State students to expand their horizons through study and internships abroad. 

President Meservey has initiated a strategic building program on campus that included the opening of a new 525-bed residence hall in 2010 and the acquisition of a 3.5-acre addition to the campus. As of fall 2013, its now 115-acre campus will also include a modern, state-of-the-art library and learning commons and a new fitness and wellness center as part of the existing sports complex. Construction of a 350-bed residence hall is underway, as is the renovation of the university's Mainstage Theater to the Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. In the spring, construction of a parking garage will commence. Over $300 million has been invested in the campus infrastructure. 

An active member of many regional boards, Patricia Maguire Meservey’s strategic vision and insight make her current leadership roles as chair of The Salem Partnership, chair of the board of directors for the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development and Chair of the Commission in Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges invaluable. Other boards on which she serves include those of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and New England Council. Statewide, she has served as a member of the Partnership for the Advancement on Collaboration & Efficiency, the Nursing Initiative Advisory Committee, and the Council of State University Presidents.

President Meservey came to Salem State from Suffolk University, where she served as the first provost and academic vice president of that institution. Previously, she held several positions at Northeastern University and Boston University as both a faculty member and administrator. She is recognized for her work in the advancement of teaching excellence, promotion of faculty scholarship and academic and administrative strategic planning.  President Meservey has provided leadership in the transformation of nursing and medical education, bringing students into the fields of community health and primary care. Her work with the neighborhood health centers of Boston provided learning opportunities for students and improved health care options for patients and community members.

Patricia Maguire Meservey holds a PhD in higher education administration from Boston College, an MS in parent-child health nursing and a BS in nursing, both from Boston University, and a diploma in nursing from Faulkner Hospital. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.