Catholic Charities USA leader to keynote Seton Hill commencement |

Catholic Charities USA leader to keynote Seton Hill commencement

Deb Erdley
Sister Donna Markham, CEO of Catholic Charities USA

Seton Hill University will host Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, as the featured speaker at May’s undergraduate commencement exercises.

Markham will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremony, set to begin at 10:30 a.m. May 11 in the Salvitti Gymnasium at the McKenna Center on the Greensburg campus. She is the first woman to serve as president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA in the organization’s more than 100-year history.

“Sister Donna Markham has dedicated herself to caring for the most vulnerable members of our society through her work with Catholic Charities and as a leader in behavioral health care,” said Mary C. Finger, Seton Hill president. “We are honored that she will share with the Seton Hill Class of 2019 the important work she continues to do to advocate for those with mental illness, lift up children and families in poverty, and provide support to migrants and refugees. She is a wonderful role model for Seton Hill graduates as they go into the world prepared to bring about positive change.”

An Adrian Dominican sister with a doctorate in clinical psychology, Markham has served in leadership positions in behavioral health care both in Canada and the United States. She is an internationally-recognized author and speaker in areas pertaining to transformational leadership, organizational change management and the effective treatment of the mentally ill.

She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Psychologists and has engaged in global peace initiatives directed toward building bridges of understanding and collaboration across conflict zones.

Deb Erdley is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Deb at 724-850-1209, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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