Holy Family appoints Sister Maureen McGarrity president

Sister Maureen McGarrity, provost.
Sister Maureen McGarrity, provost.
Posted: May 16, 2014

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."

McGarrity earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Holy Family, her master's in biology from Villanova University, and a doctorate in microbiology from St. Louis University. She has been provost for two years.

"I am honored to have been chosen to lead this wonderful institution and am eager to promote the university's academic rigor and holistic-learning environment," McGarrity said in a statement. "During the 37 years I have spent in the ministry of Catholic higher education, I have seen it transform individuals and families."


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