The Newman University Board of Trustees awarded a five-year renewal of the contract of university President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. The renewal was made during the Board of Trustees regular meeting Feb. 22.
"Dr. Carrocci will complete her second three-year contract in June," said Douglas Stanley, chair of the Newman Board of Trustees. "We were delighted that she has agreed this time to a five-year contract extension. It signals stability for the university during these turbulent times for higher education. Dr. Carrocci has demonstrated that she's an effective leader, with a strong vision for the university and a sincere commitment to its success. She has also reached out to the community, and worked hard to highlight the quality and affordability of Newman. And, her concern for Newman students is simply phenomenal."
"I am very pleased that the Board has expressed this confidence in me and the work we have accomplished," Carrocci said. "I am honored to serve as president, and grateful for the support I have received from the Board, alumni and all faculty and staff in the Newman University community. Together, we have made important advances in areas ranging from academics to athletics to financial to enrollment. I look forward to continued success and growth over the next five years."
Carrocci began her duties as president of Newman on July 1, 2007. She is the fourth female president and first lay woman to hold the office of president at Newman. Carrocci came to Newman from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., where she had served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Since coming to Newman, Carrocci has become very active in business, civic and professional organizations in the Wichita and Kansas communities. She currently serves on the Boards of the Downtown Rotary Club of Wichita, the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, Via Christi Hospitals - Wichita, Wichita Grand Opera, and the Wichita Community Foundation. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Kansas Independent College Association, and the Community Affairs Committee of the 4-Wichita KU School of Medicine - Wichita Advancement Board.
Newman University serves more than 3,000 students in the Wichita area, western and southeast Kansas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., and Colorado Springs, Colo.