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Biography of Marylou Yam, Ph.D.

Marylou Yam, Ph.D, became the 14th president of Notre Dame of Maryland University on July 1, 2014.

Dr. Yam joins the Notre Dame community from Saint Peter’s University, a Catholic liberal arts institution in Jersey City, N.J., where she most recently served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr Marylou Yam

As the first woman in the history of Saint Peter’s to serve as dean of its College of Arts and Sciences and School of Business Administration, and as a nationally recognized researcher on victims of domestic abuse, Dr. Yam exemplifies Notre Dame’s mission of preparing leaders to transform the world and its active and longstanding commitment to social responsibility.

During her tenure at Saint Peter’s, Dr. Yam played a key role in the institution’s transition from college to university in August 2012, just a year after Notre Dame of Maryland traveled the same path. She has been a leader in Saint Peter’s program development and expansion as a university, including the institution of its first two doctoral programs and the establishment of the schools of Nursing and Education. She created the university’s Center for Global Learning and launched the English Language Learning and Culture Acquisition Center. She also introduced the university’s first fully online program.

Dr. Yam began her career as a nurse and a nursing educator, and she is still a licensed registered nurse. She joined Saint Peter’s College in 1989 as an instructor in the Nursing department. Over the course of her clinical and academic career, she has been a passionate advocate for promoting empowerment of battered women and focused her research on domestic violence. She has written extensively about how healthcare professionals can better respond to cases of domestic violence and provide better care for battered women.

In 1997, she became Director of the Master of Science in Nursing program and, in 2000, the Chairperson of the Nursing department. A year later, she was named Associate Dean of Nursing and was promoted to full professor in 2004. In 2006, she was appointed Academic Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and School of Business Administration.

Dr. Yam was awarded the Excellence in Nursing Research Award from the New Jersey State Nurses Association and in 2008 was inducted into the Teachers College, Columbia University Nursing Hall of Fame for significant contributions in nursing and healthcare.

Dr. Yam earned a B.S. in Nursing in 1981 from Mercy College and M.A. and Ed.M. degrees in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 1993, she earned a Ph.D. from Adelphi University. In 2002, she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Yam is married to David Yam, who is the Cytology Manager at Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, N.J. Their son, Michael, is a sports broadcast journalist and studio host with the Pac-12 Network, based in San Francisco.