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Meet Graduate Studies’ New Administrative Assistant

Maria Conway joins the Grad Studies staff after serving for 14 years in the Department of Communication

Maria Conway, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Graduate Studies

VILLANOVA, Pa. – While Maria Conway begins this academic year as the new administrative assistant for the Office of Graduate Studies in Villanova’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, she is no stranger to graduate education. Conway joined the University in 2005 as the Department of Communication’s first administrative assistant dedicated specifically to the graduate program.

In the Communication Department, Conway served as a point of contact for prospective and enrolled graduate students, helping them with registration and other administrative tasks. She also maintained the databases for the graduate program and assisted with end-of-year reporting, among other duties in the department.

In her new role with Graduate Studies, Conway will handle reception for visitors to the office and will provide comprehensive administrative support, including managing appointment calendars, arranging meetings and events, coordinating travel arrangements and assisting with admissions-related tasks.

Dean of Graduate Studies Emory Woodard, PhD, worked closely with Conway when he served as Communication graduate program director from 2007 to 2011.

“I am particularly delighted to be working again with Maria Conway,” Woodard says. “I was a part of the team that hired her in the Communication Department’s Graduate Program. She quickly became an asset to that program and to me when I became its director. Her professionalism, warmth and attention to detail made for a well-functioning office that greeted incoming students and nurtured them through to degree completion efficiently and effectively. I am sure that she will be missed by my colleagues in Communication as she brings those skills to the Graduate Studies Office.”

Conway, a resident of Lafayette Hill, is married and has four children. Her daughter Claudia is a sophomore at Villanova. Conway enjoys cooking, especially from scratch with natural ingredients as much as she can. She grew up in Roxborough, the daughter of Italian immigrants. In her spare time, she also likes to read and often volunteers in her youngest child’s school.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.