New faces join administration

Kathleen Davis has been named as the new Vice President for Enrollment Management. Until recently, she was the director of graduate admission at St. John’s University in New York City.

Kathleen Davis

Kathleen Davis

Davis joined St. John’s in September 2008 and helped to streamline the graduate admissions process and develop multimedia communications and marketing strategies to assist in recruiting for the graduate degree programs. Prior to her position there, Davis was associate dean of admission at Polytechnic Institute of New York University and an assistant director of admission at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.

Davis graduated from Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y., where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration. She later earned an MBA from Clarkson University. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals, the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling. 

As a New England native, she is excited to join the team at Saint Joseph’s and to spend more time on the coast and in the mountains with friends and family.


Michael Dempsey has joined Saint Joseph’s College as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. He comes with a 25-year background in fundraising that includes capital campaigns, major gifts, volunteer management, special events and strategic planning.

Michael Dempsey

Michael Dempsey

Dempsey has worked for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as their senior major gifts officer, Georgetown University Law Center as the director of leadership giving, and the University of Maryland as the director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences.

As the director of principal gifts for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., Dempsey helped to supervise a national campaign to build a companion museum at Dulles International Airport.

As the first full-time Director of Development at Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, he was instrumental in recruiting former President George H.W. Bush as honorary chairman for the capital campaign and won approval to name the new building the Dorothy Walker Bush Pavilion.

Dempsey is originally from Marblehead, Mass., but his family has been living in the Kennebunk area for more than 20 years. He enjoys sailing, and, as a former lacrosse player, looks forward to the Monks lacrosse season.


Sister Kathleen Sullivan, RSM, is the new Vice President for Sponsorship and Mission Integration. She brings extensive leadership experience, including more than 10 years as vice president of patient services/chief nursing executive for Mercy Hospital in Philadelphia and nine years as the senior vice president for mission at Sisters of Providence Health System in Springfield, Mass.

Sr. Kathleen Sullivan

Sister Kathleen Sullivan, RSM

In her most recent position in Springfield, Sister Kathleen supported mission service education programs, provided organizational processes for ethical analysis, and developed and monitored policies in terms of mission and values. She was instrumental in applying values to strategic planning, performance improvement, compensation/incentive budgeting, and employee assistance programs. In addition, she led a culture of inclusion initiative. 

Sister Kathleen holds a B.S. in Nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy College and a Master in Health Care Administration from Eastern University. She is an avid sports fan and especially enjoys basketball and golf.

Sister Kathleen is excited to be joining a Mercy institution once again and guiding the mission integration programming for the college.