Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D.
Dr. Judith A. Dwyer is the Academy of Notre Dame’s 4th president and chief executive officer. Dr. Dwyer is a distinguished academic leader and nationally respected educator who served most recently as chief academic officer at Bisk Education, Inc. and formerly as president of Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Prior to her university presidency, Dr. Dwyer served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the University of St. Thomas (MN), academic dean at St. John’s University (NY) and assistant academic dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University (PA).
Since 2011, Dr. Dwyer was chief academic officer at Bisk Education, Inc., a firm specializing in online education, where she served as senior academic liaison with multiple university partners, setting strategic policy for business development, faculty and course development and student retention.
From 2003-2009, Dr. Dwyer was the president and chief executive officer at Saint Xavier University, Chicago's oldest Catholic university serving thousands of students. At Saint Xavier, Dr. Dwyer established new milestones in fundraising, oversaw strategic planning, added multiple new facilities to the campus and introduced international service learning opportunities.
“The Academy of Notre Dame is committed to the pioneering legacy of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur," noted Dr. Dwyer. "Its graduates are recognized for their leadership, innovation and service. I look forward to having Notre Dame students become even greater citizens of the international community, with the world as their classroom. I am honored to lead an institution so dedicated to excellence within the critical formative years of middle and high school students.”
Dr. Dwyer received her doctorate in theology from the Catholic University of America, her master's degree from Duquesne University and her undergraduate degree from Chestnut Hill College. In addition, she also earned a pontifical degree (S.T.L.) from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.
Dr. Dwyer's postdoctoral work includes study at Oxford and Harvard Universities as well as the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. A Fulbright scholar, she is the author of numerous publications and has lectured internationally.
A native of the Chestnut Hill area, Dr. Dwyer began her administrative career at Villanova University as assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Prior to this work, she taught at all levels of education in Catholic institutions within the Philadelphia area – elementary, secondary and higher education.
Eileen Wilkinson was named principal of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova on July 1, 2013. Previously, Ms. Wilkinson served as the dean of studies at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Flourtown for five years.
Ms. Wilkinson’s academic career includes serving as adjunct instructor at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and Wilmington College (now University) in New Castle, DE, and as secondary social studies teaching specialist at the University of Delaware, Carter Partnership Center in Georgetown, DE.
In addition, Ms. Wilkinson was dean of discipline at Saint Mark’s High School in Wilmington, DE, from 1998 to 2000, and she was chair of the social studies department at Saint Mark’s from 1995 to 1999.
Ms. Wilkinson began her teaching career at St. Bartholomew School in Philadelphia, where she worked for three years, and went on to teach at Holy Name School in Washington, D.C., for five years.
Ms. Wilkinson holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and a master of arts degree in secondary education from Villanova University in Villanova.