President James F. Conneely, Ph.D.
"As Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger did in the 19th century, the people of Notre Dame continue to trust in God's Providence, and together we will dare to imagine boldly the opportunities for this University in the 21st century." —Dr. Conneely
In a unanimous decision on February 16, 2012, the Notre Dame of Maryland University Board of Trustees chose James F. Conneely, Ph.D., to be the next president of Notre Dame. He is the first man and only the second permanent layperson in the school's 117-year history to serve as president. Dr. Conneely assumed office on July 1, succeeding Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D., who retired after a highly successful 15-year tenure.
The search process produced an enormously talented pool of candidates, but it was evident after Dr. Conneely visited campus that he was the best choice at this time in Notre Dame's history. An overwhelming majority of commenters highly recommended him, and he was greeted with an enthusiastic standing ovation from the campus community when he was revealed as Notre Dame’s next president.
We found many extraordinary female candidates in our national search. But the very best candidate, the individual who represents the right fit for Notre Dame at this time in our history, is Dr. Jim Conneely.”— Patricia J. Mitchell, ’69, Chair of the Board of Trustees
When asked during a student forum about his commitment to the Women’s College, Dr. Conneely replied that Notre Dame’s “essence is still the Women’s College.”
Dr. Conneely has 29 years of experience in university administration, teaching and research. A vocal supporter of women’s education, as well as a nationally-recognized leader on student affairs issues, Dr. Conneely will be dedicated to the success and achievement of all Notre Dame students.