Conference for Mercy Higher Education
Originally, the Mercy colleges and universities in the United States were led, managed, and staffed primarily by Sisters of Mercy. In 2002, the Sisters of Mercy established the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE) to reinforce the bonds of Mercy traditions and to strengthen the Catholic identity and Mercy charism at all sponsored colleges and universities well into the future.
As of July 1, 2019, the Institute Leadership Team (the “ILT”) of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (the “Institute”), in their role as the Members of CMHE, and the CMHE Board altered the manner in which the relationship of Mercy colleges and universities to the Institute is actualized while continuing a structure that allows for a formal connection to the Catholic Church. As the Public Juridic Person (PJP) for Mercy colleges and universities, the Institute mediates the relationship of the colleges/universities to the Church and designates oversight for this ongoing relationship to CMHE.
CMHE also offers mission-related programs; symposia around issues related to Catholic, Mercy higher education; and “Mercy the Principal Path,” a mission program for senior leaders and board members. In addition, CMHE has begun a decennial mission peer review process for each of its member institutions; the University of Saint Joseph had its initial site visit in 2019.