Yavapai College has named Dr. Marylou Mercado as the new Dean of the schools of Health and Wellness and Science and Engineering, effective October 10, 2022.

As Dean, Dr. Mercado will oversee health sciences, math, science, physical education, and the Adult Basic Education program.

“I am a first-generation Hispanic community college graduate with an AAS in nursing. My passion is for community college students and families by providing pathways to affordable educational opportunities so that they may be successful in our local communities,” said Dr. Mercado.

“I am excited for the challenges and new experiences that will allow me to work collaboratively with the Allied Health and Sciences teams to facilitate educational goals for students and YC."

While having academic oversight of the departments, her role as a Health Sciences Dean will also focus on launching an RN to BSN program and creating partnerships with healthcare institutions to bring new, in-demand programs to Yavapai College.

“Dr. Mercado is a hardworking, determined professional who is the perfect fit for this position,” said Dr. Diane Ryan, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Her passion for student success is second-to-none, and Yavapai College is lucky to have her as its new Dean.”

Before accepting the position, Dr. Mercado served as the Nursing Program Director and Associate Dean of Math, Science, and Physical Education. She has an Ed.D. in Education, an M.S. in Nursing, B.S. in Nursing, and A.A.S. in Nursing. She is an active volunteer in the Prescott community and an avid pickleball player.