Presidential Candidates Announced
The Honorable Kathleen O’Ferrall Friedman ’62, chair of the NDMU Presidential Search Committee, has announced the three finalists for the position of the 14th president of Notre Dame of Maryland University. This announcement follows a comprehensive nationwide search and more than three months of review, discussion and interviews.
The finalists are:
- Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph. D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Albright College in Reading, Pa.
- Sara Thompson, Ph.D, M.B.A., Associate Provost for New Program Initiatives and Dean of the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
- Marylou Yam, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Peter’s University (formerly Saint Peter’s College) in Jersey City, N.J.
As the Search Committee enters the final phase of the recruitment process, the finalists have been invited to campus the week of Feb. 24 for a series of meetings with a number of stakeholders, including faculty, students, staff, the University administration, trustees, members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and others. An integral part of the interview and selection process, the visits provide an opportunity for the Notre Dame community to learn more about the candidates—and for them to become better acquainted with our vibrant community.
As part of this process, there will be three open forums that will provide the greater Notre Dame community, including alumnae, alumni and friends of the University, an opportunity to hear from each of the candidates.
All three forums are scheduled from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Knott Auditorium. Please mark your calendar for the following dates:
Monday, February 24: Dr. Sara Thompson
Wednesday, February 26: Dr. Marylou Yam
Friday, February 28: Dr. Andrea Chapdelaine
No RSVP is necessary.
At Notre Dame, we value our community and honor inclusivity. We look forward to your participation in these forums and hope you will take part in helping to shape the next chapter in Notre Dame’s proud history.
An institution with a rich heritage of innovation, Notre Dame of Maryland University was founded on September 9, 1895 as the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, the first U. S. Catholic women’s college to award the four year baccalaureate degree. Notre Dame marked its transition to university status in September 2011, and today the University educates a diverse population of men and women at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Students and faculty come from a variety of backgrounds, bringing multiple perspectives to the academic community. The University is known for its student-centered orientation and for its faculty commitment to superior teaching and scholarship.
The entrepreneurial spirit of the Notre Dame of Maryland community has continuously responded to the needs of students through its innovative programs. In addition to the traditional undergraduate Women's College, the University includes a College of Graduate Studies, College of Adult Undergraduate Studies for working women and men, English Language Institute, and Renaissance Institute for senior citizens. These programs provide educational experiences emphasizing professional and personal knowledge, development and integrity. The University is organized into four academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing, and Pharmacy. The School of Pharmacy, offering a four-year doctor of pharmacy degree, was established in 2008. It is the first school of pharmacy in the United States affiliated with a women’s college and the second school of pharmacy to open in the state of Maryland.
NDMU embraces the vision of its founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), and is committed to “educating leaders to transform the world.” The University provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition. The SSND congregation continues to inform and inspire the education provided at the University, with 15 sisters serving on the faculty, staff, or administration and seven serving as trustees.
The Catholic tradition of the University provides the context by which intellectual dialogue is actively promoted. The guiding principle of campus life is contained in the SSND mission, which affirms that education should empower persons to reach the fullness of their potential and enable them to direct their gifts toward building the earth. The University’s values-centered education emphasizes the student’s total development—intellectual, professional, social, and spiritual. For more than a century, the University’s 20,000 graduates have built buildings and families, made scientific discoveries, run for office and marathons, served as CEOs and in soup kitchens—proving time and again the power of rising to Notre Dame’s challenge to its graduates: “Whose life will you change?”
Notre Dame is located on the North Charles Street college corridor in northern Baltimore and occupies 58 wooded acres in a residential setting. The University recently purchased a historic home adjacent to the campus to serve as the President’s residence and provide a venue for entertaining and constituent development. The University benefits from a beautiful campus environment and proximity to the city's businesses and transportation, as well as an array of cultural, recreational, and professional opportunities. Notre Dame also offers classes for part-time students at sites in many of the Maryland counties including Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, St. Mary’s, and Washington.
The University’s total fall 2013 enrollment of 2,877 includes 1,234 women and men at the undergraduate level who choose from studies in 29 majors. Overall enrollment reflects 38 percent students of color. Students come to Notre Dame from 22 states and 10 countries. In the Women’s College, the 12 to 1 student/faculty ratio allows professors the opportunity to engage with students in meaningful and substantive exchanges. Approximately 83 percent of all full-time faculty members hold the highest degree obtainable in their field of study and nearly two-thirds of the University’s faculty members are women.
Notre Dame’s distinguished academic programs include education, biology, nursing, communication arts, English, business, and psychology. Innovative programs for women and men expand Notre Dame’s educational reach through the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies, serving part-time undergraduate students; and through the College of Graduate Studies, offering master’s degree programs in leadership and management, nonprofit management, nursing, analytics in knowledge management, contemporary communications, and education degrees which include a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations.
In the Women’s College, leadership opportunities abound for Notre Dame’s undergraduate students in academic, athletic, and student life areas. A strong internship program provides students opportunities to test different areas of interest, gain valuable experience, and make important contacts in the professional world. Service-learning projects within courses enable students to work directly with local organizations, using their knowledge and skills while assisting worthwhile programs. Community service is a prominent value at Notre Dame, with the Career and Student Success Center and the Office of Campus Ministry linking students to nonprofit enterprises throughout the area. Students also have the opportunity to participate in research projects and international study trips under the guidance of faculty mentors.
Notre Dame of Maryland actively pursues funding from private and public sources to support faculty and student research and scholarship and university programs, in addition to capital projects that have been identified as priorities. The School of Nursing's Center for Caring with Technology, for example, has received recent support from the Hearst Foundations, the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation, and the Middendorf Foundation for the fall 2013 opening of simulation labs. The new entry-level Bachelor of Science in Nursing program won a 2013 Who Will Care? grant from the Maryland Hospital Association. Other recent private grantors include the Davis United World College Scholars Program, which has awarded grants for students' Projects for Peace for the last six years, and the Lumina Foundation, which provided support to improve the quality of online curriculum. The Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities awarded a grant to purchase teaching aids and technology for the School of Pharmacy's outreach to medically underserved populations.
Federal grants in recent years have included awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. The State of Maryland provided a significant capital grant for the new University Academic Building. The Maryland Higher Education Commission has awarded grants to support the Trailblazers Scholars Program for first-generation students, returning scholars through the Complete College Maryland program, and nursing faculty fellowships. Grant awards in 2012-2013, for areas including arts and sciences, education, nursing and pharmacy, totaled $5.2 million.
Academic partnerships include institutions in the Baltimore area and in Japan, Australia, China, Taiwan, Korea and London. Many students choose to study abroad in one of more than 39 semester and 22 summer programs in more than 40 countries. The Notre Dame population is increasingly international, with students from outside the United States studying in both credit and noncredit programs.
Notre Dame’s five-year strategic plan (2008-2013) has Global Citizenship as one of its signature goals. An important focus of this particular goal is developing programs to address sustainability across the campus and throughout the larger community. Other major goals of the strategic plan include Centers of Excellence in adult education, the sciences, education and the linking of liberal arts and professional programs; Ensuring a Distinctive Learning Environment; and Driving Growth through Innovation. Currently, a University Planning Committee (UPC) is doing research and gathering relevant competitive and market data to inform the work of the University’s next strategic plan to be shaped within the administration of the new president.
A robust master facility plan created by renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern has guided the University’s development, providing for investments of more than $120 million in campus infrastructure, and laying a blueprint for continued aggressive growth. The institution is in the quiet phase of a comprehensive campaign with more than $23 million raised toward a goal of $42 million.
Distinctive Features and Recognition
The Notre Dame community looks forward to building upon a number of the University’s unique features that have been noted nationally in recent years. These include:
Affordable Colleges Online
Notre Dame was recognized three times by Affordable Colleges Online for our strong commitment to providing our students with a quality education with a high return on their investment. The University was ranked on its “Roman Catholic Colleges with High Salaries for Graduates,” “Highest Return on Investment Colleges” and “Top Women’s Colleges with High Returns” lists.
USA Today named Notre Dame of Maryland among the 10 groundbreaking colleges that paved the way for women’s higher education in the United States. Notre Dame was the first Catholic college for women to award the baccalaureate degree in the United States.
US News Rankings
Notre Dame of Maryland was named among 2013 “Great Schools, Great Prices,” by U.S. News & World Report, is currently ranked 60 overall among Best Regional Universities – North, recognized particularly for its low faculty-to-student ratio, with 85 percent of classes containing fewer than 20 students.
Learning for Life
Based on their scores as incoming students and again as seniors, Notre Dame students showed more improved critical, analytical and communication skills after three years in college than 92 percent of those surveyed among the 500 institutions nationwide participating in the College Learning Assessment (CLA).
The Fulbright Program
Since 1991, 14 Women’s College alumnae have been named as Fulbright scholars. Notre Dame was recognized by the Institute for International Education, which administers the Fulbright program, among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright students for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Service is an integral part of our Notre Dame mission, which calls us to build inclusive communities, to engage in service to others and to promote social responsibility. The University has recently instituted several new initiatives offering service opportunities to our students, faculty and staff. Students regularly volunteer through our Office of Campus Ministry and Service at senior citizen centers, soup kitchens and women’s centers. Notre Dame was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its community outreach partnerships, which resulted in more than 16,000 donated service hours in 2011.
In April 2013, Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, graduates and friends partnered with the United Way of Central Maryland in preparing more than 3,500 summer reading tote bags, containing more than 13,000 books, for children enrolled in Baltimore City Head Start. In September, more than 200 students, faculty and staff from Notre Dame volunteered for the United Way’s Project Homeless Connect, a day-long event held at the city’s convention center that provided a full array of services to 2500 people of the city’s homeless community.
Service is an integral part of the School of Pharmacy’s curriculum. Through our AdvoCare program, first-year students are required to participate in 20 hours of introductory pharmacy practice experiences, and are assigned to volunteer as groups within a public health agency. The students continue to work with the agency through all four years of pharmacy school.
Every year, Notre Dame faculty and graduates are counted among Baltimore’s Healthcare Heroes for their commitment and innovation in community health. In May 2011, four faculty members from the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Pharmacy and School of Nursing were feted for their work in service learning, global nursing and traumatic brain injury treatment.
Notre Dame graduates can be found in nearly every professional field. They include a pioneering microbiologist; nationally and internationally recognized medical doctors and researchers; award-winning educators, including a college president and the head of a major medical school; military leaders, including the first female Brigadier General in the U.S. Army; communication experts, including newspaper editors, a group vice president of Discovery and TLC networks, and the first female announcer for major league baseball; legal experts, including a federal judge and the first Hispanic judge elected to a Circuit Court in Baltimore; two NASA engineers; entrepreneurs and noted business executives throughout the corporate world.
Top 100 Women
Thirty-four alumnae have been named to The Daily Record “Maryland Top 100 Women” since its inception in 1996—in addition to four presidents, three faculty, six current board members and six past board members. In fact, seven alumnae, including Notre Dame’s chair of the board, as well as 6 current and past board members, are included in the “Circle of Excellence,” after being named to the Top 100 three times each.
The new president will be joining a university with a “can do” culture, where everyone contributes to getting the job done. The president will lead the community in immediately addressing the following areas:
Notre Dame’s University Identity and Growth – The president will lead the Notre Dame community in building and implementing a strategic plan that achieves its goals and objectives and reconfirms the University’s mission and strengthens its unique Catholic identity. This agenda calls for preserving the integrity of the undergraduate women’s college while ensuring the quality, visibility, and credibility of all graduate, professional, and extended programs within a University context. Reinforcing the programs and services that are unique features of Notre Dame, ensuring a strong self-image, and continuing to grow enrollment will be essential in positioning the University and expanding visibility in the regionally, nationally and internationally.
External Relations – One of Notre Dame’s greatest strengths, consistent with the values of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, is the institution’s history of innovation and responsiveness to needs within the Baltimore and greater Maryland communities, as well as to the broader issues of the region and the nation. The president will ensure the preservation and expansion of external relations regionally, nationally and internationally on behalf of the University. This agenda will include securing collaboration and support in building both academic programs and financial resources.
Fundraising for the Capital Campaign and Beyond – The University is currently engaged in a Capital Campaign referenced previously. The president will become immediately engaged in the work of the campaign, with the help and support of the Board of Trustees, to bring the campaign to successful closure. With the relatively new university designation and expansion of diverse programs, it is anticipated that new areas of opportunity can be identified for both friend raising and fundraising. The president will be actively involved in both the identification of new resources for the University and the preservation of relations with current supporters. Future fundraising plans will be consistent with goals identified in the strategic plan for the University and will enhance the University’s financial strength.
Campus Unity – Another great strength of Notre Dame is the personal attention and respect provided to students and encouraged among all campus constituencies. These strengths must be maintained while, at the same time, we embrace broader offerings, programs and complexity of University status. The president will provide a leadership presence that offers accessibility and encourages respect and open communication throughout the institution. This will necessarily include appropriate recognition of all programs and services and continued vigilance in encouraging integration, collaboration, and consensus throughout the University. In the spirit of “honoring the past while embracing the future,” the president must provide a balance in protecting tradition, values, and commitment to the liberal arts, while ensuring outward visibility and forward movement for the institution.
University Structure and Master Plan – The evolution from college to university calls for presidential leadership that focuses on the University’s future as a more complex institution. The president will continue to lead the university community in addressing organizational development, staffing, and technology to meet the needs of major academic units serving multiple student audiences. The Master Plan for the University will need to address an expanded, improved infrastructure. The Notre Dame community will need the president’s vision and guidance in moving the institution to a cohesive, integrated university with a healthy future.
The presidential search committee at Notre Dame of Maryland University seeks a leader who identifies with, embraces and fosters the Catholic identity of the institution and the charism, values, and educational vision of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The successful candidate will possess a terminal degree, in depth experience, demonstrated success and leadership abilities that include:
Strategic Vision, Judgment and Leadership to Set and Achieve Bold Goals for the University
• Develop and champion a compelling vision for the University in addressing the needs of a broad and diverse student population and the needs of the local, national, and international communities.
• Model and promote an entrepreneurial, innovative spirit that will continue to position the University effectively as a recognized leader in higher education and in the delivery of complex, high quality academic programs. Engage with the faculty to ensure the most robust, relevant, and comprehensive academic programs.
• Recruit, develop, and retain an accountable, high performance team that provides energetic and innovative leadership for the campus, ensures a focus on both operational and strategic priorities, demonstrates NDMU values and conveys respect and trust for all members of the Notre Dame community.
• Establish partnerships for innovative University resource development, as well as educational programs, both locally and globally.
• Demonstrate a solid understanding and record of accomplishment in constituent development and fundraising, enrollment management and retention, student life, financial management, organizational development and leadership, and strategic planning.
• Act decisively to solve problems, implement plans and capture opportunities to move the University forward with energy and a contagious enthusiasm
Passion and Inspiration to Engage and Lead Others
• Clearly articulate ideas, strategies and plans to engage, inspire and motivate all NDMU constituents (students, faculty, administrators, graduates, donors, local and national leaders) to embrace and support the vision, values, and goals of the University and to actively work to ensure the long term strength of the institution and the value it delivers to the world.
• Develop strong relationships and work effectively with the Notre Dame of Maryland University Board of Trustees, with the Archdiocese of Baltimore, with the leadership of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and with leaders in government, educational, public and private organizations in Maryland.
• Actively advocate, preserve, and support inclusiveness and diversity across all dimensions of the University.
Strong Personal and Interpersonal Attributes
• Build and sustain personal and professional relationships with effective communication and collaboration, personal resilience, and internal strength; and balance presidential duties while maintaining a visible and accessible presence both on and off campus.
• Adapt to the varied and many roles of the presidency and to the institution’s unique culture.
This search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. A full position profile is available at www.academic-search.com under "current searches". Nominations and inquiries may be directed, in confidence, to Jessica Kozloff at email@example.com or Ann Die Hasselmo at firstname.lastname@example.org. To inquire by phone, please arrange a call with Dr. Kozloff or Dr. Hasselmo by contacting Michelle Sarver at 202-263-7478 or email@example.com. Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, and a list of professional references (with email addresses and telephone numbers) sent electronically to NDMUpresident@academic-search.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, to be assured consideration, applications should be received by January 17, 2014.
Notre Dame of Maryland University does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy: vice president for student life, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21210 410-532-5308