BALTIMORE (AP) — Notre Dame of Maryland University is getting its first male president.

School officials introduced James Conneely on Thursday as the next president of the nation’s first Catholic women’s college to award baccalaureate degrees.

The school founded in Baltimore in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame is now open to men older than 22.

Conneely, associate provost and vice president of student affairs at Eastern Kentucky University, has been recognized as a leader on women’s issues on campus and for advancing women into leadership and non-traditional roles.

He will succeed Mary Pat Seurkamp, the first layperson to permanently serve as president, when she retires after 15 years in the position. During her tenure, the school established its first doctoral program and launched a college of pharmacy.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS Baltimore

Track Weather On The Go With Our App!
CBS All Access

Watch & Listen LIVE