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Donna Carroll Named Villager of the Year

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dominican University President Donna M. Carroll has been named 2017 Villager of the Year (River Forest) by the Wednesday Journal. Carroll was lauded for her institutional leadership as well as her support of the university’s undocumented students and advocacy for comprehensive immigration reform. 

Carroll has served as university president for 24 years. During that time, she has presided over a period of impressive growth, with increases in student enrollment, faculty hiring, and degree programs, the purchase of a satellite campus, the construction of new buildings and the management of two successful campaigns. Last year, the university celebrated the 20th anniversary of its name change from Rosary College, a process managed by Carroll. The university is also involved in its third capital campaign—previous campaigns overseen by Carroll raised more than $120 million. 

The Wednesday Journal commended Carroll for her outspoken support of undocumented students and her leadership of the university’s sanctuary campus resolution. This stance was instrumental in the Village of River Forest’s decision to adopt a similar welcoming ordinance last year. 

Carroll has received national recognition for her support of immigration reform and has been quoted in numerous publications, including USA Today, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. She also has appeared on CNN, discussing her support of undocumented students. Most recently, she accepted the Archdiocese of Chicago’s St. John Paul II Award on behalf of the university. 

Last year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Dominican University in the top 20 of Midwest regional universities and fifth in its Best Value Schools in the Midwest category.