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President Marylou Yam, Ph.D.

Dr. Marylou Yam is the 14th President of Notre Dame of Maryland University. She leads the only women’s college in Maryland, which was established more than 120 years ago as the first Catholic college in the United States to grant the four-year baccalaureate degree to women.

Dr. Yam joined the Notre Dame community from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J., where she most recently served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She was the first woman in the history of Saint Peter’s to serve as dean of its College of Arts and Sciences and School of Business Administration, and is a nationally recognized researcher on domestic violence.

Dr. Yam began her career as a nurse and a nursing educator, and she is still a licensed registered nurse. She earned a B.S. in Nursing from Mercy College and M.A. and Ed.M. degrees in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Adelphi University, and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University.

Over the course of her clinical and academic career, she focused her research on domestic violence. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on domestic violence, nursing research, and case management.

Dr. Yam was awarded the Excellence in Nursing Research Award from the New Jersey State Nurses Association and in 2008 was inducted into the Teachers College, Columbia University Nursing Hall of Fame for significant contributions in nursing and healthcare.