Holy Family University on Wednesday elevated its provost, Sister Maureen McGarrity, to president.
McGarrity, a longtime educator who has worked at the Catholic university for 37 years, takes over for Sister Francesca Onley, who announced in January that she would retire. Onley has led the school for 32 years and is one of the region's longest-serving presidents.
McGarrity, 68, will begin as the Philadelphia university's fifth president July 1.
"Sister Maureen has the higher-education experience needed in a university president," said Dennis J. Colgan, chairman of the board of trustees. "The board has complete confidence in her leadership and looks forward to serving with her to make a great university even greater."