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

Throughout her career, Dr. Yam has been an advocate for the essential role of a liberal arts foundation in professional education. At Notre Dame, she led the effort to develop two five-year strategic plans, raised historic fundraising dollars, increased new student enrollment in the Women’s College, significantly expanded academic programs including NDMU online, expanded the campus land envelope, completed three capital facility projects on campus and attained United Nations-Non Government Organization status. Additionally, the University was awarded continuing re-accreditation with several commendations from the Middle States Association in 2017 as well as continuing specialty accreditation in nursing, business (2017) and pharmacy (2019) from national accrediting bodies in these fields.

A registered nurse, Dr. Yam has presented and published in the fields of intimate partner abuse and nursing practice. In 2016, Governor Hogan appointed Dr. Yam to the Maryland Commission on Women. She is past Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee on the Women’s Commission and recently served on the Commission’s 2020 Summit Committee. Dr. Yam is also Past-Chair of the Colonial State Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III), Chair for the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association and Board member for the Mid-Atlantic Campus Compact.

She recently served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Keswick Multi-Care Center in Baltimore and was named by the Daily Record to the Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2017 and 2020. In 2018, Dr. Yam was selected for the University’s Mission Award by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. In 2003, she received the Excellence in Nursing Research Award from the New Jersey State Nurses Association; and, in 2008 she was selected for induction into the Teachers College, Columbia University Nursing Education Alumni Hall of Fame for significant contributions in nursing and healthcare. 

Notre Dame is a visionary institution that has never wavered in its commitment to provide superior academic programs that are enriched by the proven value of a Catholic, liberal arts foundation.

- Dr. Yam

Professional Experience

Dr. Yam joined Saint Peter’s College as an instructor in the Nursing department. She later served as Director of the Master of Science in Nursing program, Chairperson of the Nursing department, Associate Dean of Nursing, and Academic Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Business Administration, the first woman to hold that position in the university’s history.

Dr. Yam has been a leader in program development. She played a key role in the expansion of Saint Peter’s from a college to a university and was instrumental in the establishment of its first two doctoral programs and its Schools of Nursing and Education. She created the university’s Center for Global Learning and launched the English Language Learning and Culture Acquisition Center.

Dr. Yam began her career as a nurse and a nursing educator and remains a licensed registered nurse. Dr. Yam’s commitment to the education and preparation of health care professionals comes at particularly fortuitous moment in Notre Dame’s history of preparing thousands of nurses and a growing number of pharmacists who serve regionally, nationally and internationally.


Dr. Yam holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Adelphi University, a Master of Arts and a Master of Education in Nursing Education/Adult Health from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Mercy College. She also completed post-doctoral work 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.