Dr. Susan M. Donovan

Bellarmine’s fourth president, Dr. Susan M. Donovan,
to begin July 1

Dear members of the Bellarmine University community:

We are very pleased to announce that Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D, will serve as Bellarmine University’s fourth president, beginning July 1, 2017.

We will have the honor of introducing you to her, and to her husband Dr. Bill Donovan, at a campus community gathering tomorrow, Wednesday Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. in Frazier Hall. Please join us in welcoming the Donovans on this campus visit.

Dr. Susan Donovan was the unanimous choice of the Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees. She comes to the Bellarmine presidency after a 32-year career at Loyola University Maryland – a comprehensive liberal arts university in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, with 4,000 undergraduate students and 1,800 graduate students. Her expertise and achievements prepare her well to address the opportunities and challenges outlined in our presidential profile, and her core values are those that reside in the heart of our campus community.

Since 2011, she has been Executive Vice President at Loyola, and served a term as Acting President in 2015. She has served in a variety of leadership roles there since 1985, including Dean of Students, Vice President for Student Development, and interim Vice President for Advancement. As second to the president and leader in the absence of the president, she has been a key senior leader during a period of transformational growth at Loyola similar to Bellarmine’s own. She understands faculty viewpoints. She reported to the Provost and sat on the Dean’s Council for seven years, and the Academic Senate for more than 20 years. Moreover, she understands the role of trustee, having served on several boards including at Buena Vista University and Wheeling Jesuit University.

Dr. Donovan and our institution share the same mission and purpose. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a passion for the education of the whole student – mind, body and spirit – and a commitment to community engagement. She knows that Bellarmine’s mission-based initiatives are vitally important to the regional city of Louisville.

Bill Donovan is an associate professor of Latin American history. The Donovans have twin daughters who are college sophomores.

We sincerely thank Dr. Doris Tegart for her exceptional leadership as interim president through this period of transition. We thank the entire Bellarmine Presidential Search Committee and our team from Isaacson Miller, all of whom devoted themselves passionately to this search. We look forward enormously to welcoming the Donovans to Bellarmine and to Louisville.

Pat Mulloy, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Donald C. Berg, Search Committee Co-Chair

Mr. Ernest W. Marshall, Search Committee Co-Chair ’92