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Mercy High graduate returns as president of Catholic school

Mercy High graduate returns as president of Catholic school

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...

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