Merrimack College Names Michael “Seamus” Harreys Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

As senior vice president and chief financial officer, Harreys will oversee all aspects of the College’s financial management and lead an entrepreneurial environment for revenue growth.
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Michael “Seamus” Harreys comes to Merrimack with 30 years of higher education experience, including leadership positions in financial services, financial aid, enrollment management and student affairs.

Merrimack College is pleased to announce that Michael “Seamus” Harreys has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. Harreys brings more than 30 years of higher education experience to the role, including leadership positions in financial services, financial aid, enrollment management and student affairs.

His first day at Merrimack is July 1.

“During our search, Seamus quickly established himself as the top candidate,” said Merrimack College President Christopher E. Hopey, Ph.D. “His extensive background and achievements across so many facets of higher education will enhance Merrimack’s financial position and ensure the College’s continued success. We are thrilled to welcome Seamus to the Merrimack community.”

As senior vice president and chief financial officer, Harreys will oversee all aspects of the College’s financial management and lead an entrepreneurial environment for revenue growth. He will serve as the College’s primary financial advisor and work with senior leaders and departments across Merrimack to strengthen financial sustainability and strategy.

“I am genuinely excited to become a part of the vibrant Merrimack community, and I am eager to collaborate with President Hopey, the Board, dedicated faculty and staff and, most importantly, students,” Harreys said. “Building on Merrimack’s unprecedented success, I look forward to being a part of harnessing our collective talents to steer Merrimack towards further unprecedented growth and impact, all while staying true to our distinctive Merrimack ethos and mission.”

Harreys comes to Merrimack College after serving as chief revenue officer and chief product officer at ansrsource, an Austin, Texas-based company that partners with leading corporations, higher education organizations and technology companies to develop high-quality digital learning content. Harreys oversaw corporate and business development strategies, while also leading the development of A.I.-enabled processes and products.

Prior to ansrsource, Harreys was senior vice president, chief revenue officer and vice president of global enrollment management at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Outbound Division in Boston, Mass. There, he developed and operationalized all marketing and business development strategies focused on higher education and high school partners to achieve CIEE’s nonprofit mission.

For more than 15 years Harreys held several leadership roles at Northeastern University in business affairs, innovation leadership, enrollment management, career services and student financial services.

He holds an MBA from Northeastern University, a master’s degree from Harvard and a bachelor’s degree from Gordon College.

Harreys will play a key role in helping Merrimack achieve the vision and initiatives laid out in the College’s strategic plan, the Agenda for the Future. This bold and aspirational road map has guided Merrimack to transformational successes and propelled the College’s growing national reputation.

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