Crain's 2019 Notable Women in Education Leadership Dr. Cheryl Kreger

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Crain's Detroit Business

Cheryl Kreger

President, Mercy High School, Farmington Hills

Most recent degree earned: Doctor of Education in Administration and Supervision, Wayne State University

A Mercy High School alumna, Cheryl Kreger invests time and resources into all the private school’s stakeholders. 

“Dr. Kreger … possesses the strategic vision to move the organization into the future and the empathy to recognize the complexity of change. Her style and acumen are powerful assets, appreciated by faculty, students, parents and the Mercy board,” said Margaret Dimond, president and CEO of McLaren Oakland Hospital and a member of the Mercy Board of Trustees.

Kreger, who is a member of the Mercy Education System of the Americas, visits other Mercy-sponsored schools and researches best practices in high schools nationwide. Her research resulted in the creation of a new strategic and operational plan to ensure the high school’s long-term sustainability. She accomplishes goals by inspiring enthusiasm, encouraging employees to be life-long learners and creating opportunities for staff and students. 

She takes a hands-on approach to leadership: She writes grants, initiated a plan for endowed funds to support faculty members’ ability to teach and directly fundraises. 

In recent years, Kreger brought Mercy to a stable financial position, hired talented key administrators, increased focus on fundraising, strengthened local governance and transitioned the school into a new external governance structure. 

Moreover, Kreger is a trusted adviser. She was appointed to the board of an all-male Catholic school in the region because of her knowledge of curriculum and administrative expertise.