Wichita, Kan. – The Newman University Board of Trustees recently awarded a three-year extension to the contract of university President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. The extension is in addition to the one year Carrocci has remaining on her current contract.
“The Board has been extremely pleased with President Carrocci’s performance since coming to Newman,” said Chairman of the Board J.V. Johnston, a 1982 Newman graduate. “She has led the university to tremendous gains in enrollment, sharpened the focus on our mission, and created an environment of trust and transparency throughout the Newman community. She has also made some tough decisions to ensure the university’s financial stability during the recent economic downturn, led the way in creating a five-year Strategic Plan for future stability and growth, and played a leading role in strengthening the university’s relationship with its founders and sponsoring order the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.”
“I am very pleased and grateful to the Board for their expression of confidence in my work and the direction of the university,” President Carrocci said. “It is an honor to serve as president of Newman, and to have been given the opportunity to launch several initiatives under the Board’s guidance and support. I look forward to these next four years and am confident that we will grow still stronger in our efforts to engage, to educate, and to empower our graduates to transform society.”
Carrocci began her duties as president of Newman on July 1, 2007 and was formally installed in office on Nov. 9, 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. Spring Hill is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the fifth oldest Catholic college in the United States.
Since coming to Newman, Carrocci has become very active in business, civic and professional organizations in the Wichita and Kansas communities. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Wichita, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trustees of Via Christi Health Network. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Kansas Independent College Association, and the Commission on Effective Leadership for the American Council on Education.
Newman University serves students in the Wichita area, western and southeast Kansas, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., and Colorado Springs, Colo.