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NDNU President Inaugurated at Cunningham Memorial Chapel

Belmont, CA, September 28, 2009 — Notre Dame de Namur University inaugurated Dr. Judith Maxwell Greig as its 18th president on Friday, September 25 in a ceremony held in the campus’ Cunningham Memorial Chapel. Dr. Greig was selected to be president in February of this year after having served as acting president following the resignation of President John Oblak.

In her inaugural address, Dr. Greig called on faculty and staff to help create a stronger Catholic identity for the university. “I hope the footprints we leave give evidence to a strengthened Catholic identity,” she said. “I hope for a faculty and staff discussion group on campus which helps us to be much more intentional and explicit about Catholic social teaching and the Catholic intellectual tradition and how we choose to integrate it into the life of the campus. I hope our ongoing discussions and integration of the Hallmarks create stories of how faculty and staff work with students in ways that are demonstrably different from so many institutions, that even our pedagogy and our service is distinctive.”

In the past 21 years, Dr. Greig has served NDNU as an Assistant Professor, Professor, and Dean of the School of Education and Leadership, Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration, Interim Vice President of Development, and Executive Vice President and Provost as well as Acting President. As a faculty member she served on numerous governance committees and was President of the Faculty Senate for three years from 1996-1999. She holds a BA from Wheaton College, an MA from Santa Clara University, a second MA and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Before coming to NDNU in 1988, Dr. Greig was a lecturer at San Jose State University and elementary and middle school teacher. Her chief academic and research interests are in understanding and facilitating how teaching and learning occur and in early literacy.

The inauguration events also included a panel discussion, titled “The Future of Catholic Higher Education,” which was moderated by Shane Martin, Dean of Education at Loyola Marymount University and held in the Ralston Hall Ballroom on the NDNU campus. The panel featured presidents from Mount St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s College of California, Marymount College, NDNU, Holy Names University, and University of San Francisco. On Sunday, September 27, The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur held an inaugural mass at Cunningham Memorial Chapel, in which they blessed Dr. Greig.