Mary Beth Lennon keeps a construction hard hat handy on the small conference table in her office at Mercy High School.
As the new president, essentially a chief executive officer for business operations, Lennon, 46, is chief marketer, fundraiser, development officer, budget guru, facilities manager, grant writer and spokeswoman for a 26-acre school with 300 students, 10 percent of them from North Baltimore.
Its annual budget is $4.8 million, its endowment is $3 million, and most importantly, 'We have no debt," said the Hoes Heights resident. "That's the first thing I asked in my interview."
But these days, Lennon's most pressing priority is overseeing a...