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Madame President: Women bring own styles as leaders of state's colleges

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Dominican University President Donna Carroll was featured in an article in the Chronicle Illinois newspapers about female college presidents. Carroll was one of eight Illinois presidents interviewed for the article.

The article mentioned some of the things that make Carroll unique as a college president--her open-door policy, her insistence on being called by her first name with students, faculty and staff, and the sharing of her home phone number with parents of incoming freshmen. 

Carroll advised that once someone reaches the level of president, she or he needs to be focused on everything but herself or himself. "You need to put your ego aside. The job is not about you," she said.

The article also mentioned Carroll's support of undocumented students, which she maintains fits well with Dominican's mission.

Carroll is in her 26th year as president of Dominican. She is the university's first lay president. When she was appointed in 1994, she was one of the youngest and one of the few women presidents in the country. 

​You can read the entire article here​