About Holy Names University
I am very excited and enthusiastic in welcoming you to Holy Names University - where our mission is to liberate minds and transform lives. You are now a part of a very elite and powerful academic community. You are a member of the Holy Names University academy - a community of scholars, writers, artists, scientists who advance learning for the transformation of the world.
You come to a liberal arts institution to make the room of your mind an interesting place to live for the rest of your life. You come to a Catholic university to grow in knowledge and also to grow within, in your inner spirit, to use all that you learn and all that you encounter for your own self reflection and self examination in order to make better choices for yourself and others. You come to a small university because it's important to be connected, to know you are part of something bigger. You want to be taken seriously and to influence your surroundings. Here you will learn your voice by exercising it and influencing others. Our students tell me that they are more than students here. They leave their footprints on this place.
Sister Rosemarie T. Nassif, SSND, PhD, has been President of Holy Names University since 1999 and during her tenure the university has experienced a return to stable financial footing, record enrollment increases, reaffirmation for accreditation by WASC for 10 years and completion of a successful $5.36 million science facilities renovation.
Prior to taking the HNU position, President Nassif was President of the Fund for Educational Excellence in Baltimore, MD, from 1997-1999. From 1992 to 1996 she was President of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore. She had been Executive Vice President of the College of Notre Dame from 1990-1992.
Her other professional experiences include: Co-Vicar for Religious, Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO, 1987-1990; Provincial Councilor, School Sisters of Notre Dame, St. Louis, 1983-1987; Associate Professor, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, 1977-1983; Associate Professor, Notre Dame College, St. Louis, 1970-1977; and Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, 1971-1973