Carlow University Welcomes a New Member to its Board of Trustees 

January 25, 2024 

For immediate release  

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Jo Ellen Parker Joins Carlow’s Board of Trustees 

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Jo Ellen Parker, PhD, was unanimously elected to Carlow University’s Board of Trustees and will begin serving at the February meeting of the Board of Trustees. As a trustee, her role encompasses stewardship of the university’s mission, ensuring financial integrity, and dedicating her diverse talents and resources to advance the institution’s prospects. 

“The addition of Dr. Parker introduces a rich tapestry of leadership acumen to our board,” remarked Kathy W. Humphrey, PhD, President of Carlow University. “Her experience within the non-profit realm complements the ethos of Carlow University, resonating deeply with her personal values. My esteem for Jo Ellen is boundless, and it is with great enthusiasm that I welcome her to our board.” 

Jo Ellen Parker, PhD, is the former president and CEO of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (2014-2018). Most recently, she was the senior vice president of the Council of Independent Colleges, and currently is an independent consultant offering workshops on governance and fundraising for very small and under resourced local non-profits. She also provides executive and leadership coaching with a focus on leadership. Before coming to Pittsburgh to lead the Carnegie Museums, she was president of Sweet Briar College from 2009 to 2014, and prior to that was executive director of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education and president of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, her master’s from the University of Kansas, and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on numerous local community boards and is a resident of Point Breeze. 


About Carlow University 
Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university that is located at the hub of Pittsburgh’s most cutting-edge industries. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929, Carlow’s curricula and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and impactful service to the community. At Carlow University we strive to create an experience that is not only life-changing, but world-changing. We are creating generations of ethical leaders, who not only have the skills to be pioneers in workforce development, healthcare, education, business, the arts, and service, but the empathy and spirit to create meaningful societal changes. Carlow University is a brand of education that doesn’t exist anywhere else in higher education, but its impacts can change the course of our future. Rooted in unity and healing and led by compassion, we are redefining what a leader looks like —and it looks like a Carlow graduate. 

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