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Notre Dame of Maryland University 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. is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Albright College in Reading, Pa. Dr. Chapdelaine has been an Associate Professor of psychology at Albright since 2001; she has also been on the faculty at Trinity College in Connecticut and Wabash College in Indiana. Prior to her current position, Dr. Chapdelaine served as Albright’s Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs. She earned a B.A. in psychology and justice studies from University of New Hampshire and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in social psychology from the University of Connecticut.
  • Sara Thompson, Ph.D, M.B.A., is 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. Before joining the administration at CUA, she was Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Trinity University; Director of the Business and Management Program at The Johns Hopkins University; and Director of the Business and Management Program and the Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Thompson earned a B.A. in psychology from Eastern Illinois University, an M.B.A. at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology/Educational Psychology from Marquette University.
  • Marylou Yam, Ph.D., is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Peter’s University (formerly Saint Peter’s College) in Jersey City, N.J. Dr. Yam has also served as Academic Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Business Administration, and Associate Dean of Nursingat Saint Peter’s. She is a tenured full professor in the School of Nursing and a registered nurse. Dr. Yam earned a B.S. in Nursing from Mercy College; M.A. and Ed.M. degrees in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Adelphi University. She was also a post-doctoral fellow at The Johns Hopkins University.

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