For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court University Appoints New Board Member

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 13, 2007—When Deirdre Mullan, RSM, Ph.D., was a girl in Derry, in the north of Ireland, she witnessed the ravages of war and military conflict firsthand during the three decades of conflict between Protestants and Catholics in what was euphemistically called “the Troubles.”

She took those memories with her in her career as a teacher for more than 20 years in her hometown of Derry, and as head of religious studies at Thornhill College. During that time she worked on projects devoted to mutual understanding and fostering tolerance and acceptance among different groups.

Now, this accomplished woman brings her talents to Georgian Court University’s Board of Trustees. As a new board member, it is her goal to help Georgian Court students become global citizens.

“The United States is a very big country, and people sometimes do not think beyond its borders,” she says. “As a Sister of Mercy representing other Sisters of Mercy around the world, I often get to glimpse other cultures. As our world becomes smaller through technology, it’s more important than ever to be global citizens.”

Creating understanding of different cultures has long been a priority for Sister Mullan. In 1998, she created “The Dance of Coexistence,” which brought together teenagers from the north of Ireland from both parts of the divide—Protestants and Catholics—to look at each other’s history and culture expressed through dance. The group was invited to perform for the president of Ireland and representatives from all the secondary schools in Ireland.

In 2001, Sister Mullan was appointed associate director of Mercy Global Concern at the United Nations, representing the worldwide Sisters of Mercy. In October of the next year, she became director. In December 2002, she was elected by other NGOs to represent them on the executive committee of the United Nations.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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