MARY PAT SEURKAMP, Ph.D. served as president of Notre Dame of Maryland University from 1997–2012 and was named president emerita when she retired. Under her leadership, NDMU saw extensive campus renewal with more than $100 million invested in an ambitious master facility plan. Academic program growth, including the addition of a School of Pharmacy, marked her tenure, along with healthy enrollments and a dramatic increase in philanthropic support.
Mary Pat led Notre Dame through several strategic plans, always reaffirming the College’s central commitment to the education of women, evident in both its single-sex and coeducation programs. She led NDMU to university status, expanding Notre Dame’s historical strengths in the liberal arts, education, business and health care.
Mary Pat serves as senior advisor for the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC) New Presidents Program, and consults nationally on a broad spectrum of topics related to the presidency and higher education. She serves on the board of the Boston College Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education and presents at national programs for individuals aspiring to the presidency.
Mary Pat chaired the CIC Board from 2003 through 2005 and the Maryland Independent College and University Association from 2008–2011; she also served on the Board and Executive Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Mary Pat, a magna cum laude graduate of Webster University (’68) with a B.A. in psychology, holds a M.A. in counseling from Washington University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
She is a graduate of Maryland Leadership ’99 and was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Circle of Excellence, by The Daily Record. She lives on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland with her husband, Bob.