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President Mary Surridge

Mary Karsten Surridge is the 10th president of North Park University, serving since the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Surridge’s North Park career has been highlighted by her direction of Campaign North Park, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the school’s history, with $63 million in commitments, including $41 million for the Johnson Center for Science and Community Life.

Most recently, in addition to her duties in advancement, she has been the interim director of undergraduate admissions.

Surridge, 55, succeeds David L. Parkyn, who retired at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year, to become North Park’s first female president.

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