Patricia O'Donoghue became Interim President on August 1, 2014. She will serve in this capacity until December 31, 2014, when the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. returns from his sabbatical at Harvard University. Prior to becoming Interim President, O’Donoghue held multiple positions at DePaul, most recently Interim Provost and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives & Alumni Outreach.
A scholar and teacher with broad clinical and research experience, O'Donoghue served as president of Mount Mary College in Milwaukee from 1997 to 2006. She was vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of nursing at LaRoche College in Pittsburgh from 1995 to 1997 and was at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, where she served as provost and executive vice president among other roles, from 1979 to 1995.
She was a member of the founding faculty of the School Nurse Practitioner Program at Carlow and held clinical and faculty positions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Magee-Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
O'Donoghue, who holds a Doctorate in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, has received numerous accolades for leadership, including the YWCA Wisconsin Women of Distinction Award; the School Sisters of Notre Dame-Milwaukee Province Special Achievement Award; and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Nursing.
She has served on the boards of many nonprofit schools and organizations, including the Foundation for Independent Higher Education, the Women's College Coalition, the Rwanda Foundation and the American Council on Education Commission on Women in Higher Education.