President Marylou Yam is a visionary leader with a commitment to innovation and service.
Dr. Yam was appointed the 14th president of Notre Dame of Maryland University on July 1, 2014. Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for the essential role of a liberal arts foundation in professional education. At Notre Dame, she has led the effort to develop two five-year strategic plans, including the current Go Beyond: Vision 2025 plan; raised historic fundraising dollars; strengthened fiscal resources; significantly expanded academic programs and launched NDMU online; expanded the campus land envelope; completed three capital facility projects on campus; and attained United Nations Non-Government Organization status.
Under her leadership, NDMU launched the cutting-edge IMPRINT leadership development program for undergraduate students, Maryland’s first bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in art therapy, and the state’s first doctorate in occupational therapy program at a private university. The state also approved Notre Dame's physician assistant program — the first such program at a private university — and the University's master's degree in family and adult nurse practitioner programs.
Her service to the state and higher education is extensive. Governor Hogan appointed Dr. Yam to the Maryland Commission on Women. While on the commission, she chaired the Health & Wellness Committee for three years and led the development of the Maryland Women: A Status Report, completed in 2021. She serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and is the chair of the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association (MICUA). Her past board positions include serving as vice chair of the Keswick Multi-Care Center, chair of the Colonial States Athletic Conference, and trustee on the board of Caroline Center. She has also mentored higher education executives through leadership development programs, including the Council of Independent Colleges.
The Daily Record named Dr. Yam one of Maryland's 2021 Most Admired CEOs and twice selected her as a Top 100 Maryland Women in 2020 and 2017.
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