Women Executive Leaders
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Women Executive Leaders in Catholic Higher Education

The history of Catholic higher education is marked by strong women leaders and the congregations of women religious that founded many of our institutions. Today, Catholic colleges and universities continue to boast a higher percentage of women presidents than any other higher education sector. We are now at a pivotal moment in history, as lay and religious women are being called to carry forth the rich legacy of our colleges and universities as senior leaders and presidents. ACCU seeks to support women to meet current leadership demands and thrive in Catholic higher education executive positions.

“Having attended the inaugural ACCU Women Executive Leaders Conference in 2020, I highly recommend this opportunity to women who are in, or aspire to, executive leadership roles in Catholic higher education. Last year's speakers were insightful and inspiring, and the opportunity to dialogue with other women who lead important work on their campuses was a great gift.” 

— Julie Massey, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, St. Norbert College

Thank you for joining us at the 2022 Women Executive Leaders in Catholic Higher Education Conference!  

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We are grateful to our 2022 Women Executive Leaders Conference Planning Committee for their assistance in planning this year's events! 

Kathleen Dorsey Bellow, Director, Institute for Black Catholic Studies, Xavier University of Louisiana
Karin Botto, Adjunct Faculty, MBA Program, Le Moyne College; Senior HR Business Partner, Syracuse University
Lisa Kirkpatrick, Vice President for Student Affairs, St. Edward's University
Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Assistant to the President for Mission Integration, University of Detroit Mercy
Anita Thomas, Executive Vice President and Provost, St. Catherine University