Peter Ellard


  • Vice President and Dean for Student Outcomes

Peter Ellard is the Dean of Student Success. He also teaches courses that focus on environmental ethics, and religion and the environment.  He earned his Ph.D. at Fordham University and his scholarship spans a wide breadth of topics. His book, The Sacred Cosmos: Theological, Philosophical, and Scientific Conversations in the Twelfth Century School of Chartres (2007), is used widely by medieval scholars. His other published works include a comparative essay in The International Journal of Environmental Studies on Thomas Berry, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Benedict, noting the various shades of green in their respective thought. He is currently doing research on the content of the Thomas Berry archives. 

Before joining Merrimack, he held several administrative positions over a 15-year period at Siena College, including director of academic advising, assistant vice president of academic affairs, dean of first-year experience and associate vice president of academic affairs for student retention and success. He has also held teaching positions at both Siena and Marist College.


  • Ph.D., Theology, Fordham University
  • M.A., Theology, Fordham University
  • B.A., Theology, Fordham University