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Helen K. Lafferty, Ph.D., Becomes First College Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences

A Special Announcement From University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A.

I am pleased to announce that Helen K. Lafferty, Ph.D., University Vice President, has accepted an opportunity to return to the faculty and become the first College Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences. This new position will allow her to continue teaching in the Department of Education while also assisting the Dean with issues of critical importance to the College and its mission.

The position of College Professor was designed for a distinguished individual who embraces the Villanova ideal of transforming minds and hearts through extraordinary teaching, counseling, leadership, collegiality, service, representation, and friendship. These are characteristics which only begin to reflect Dr. Lafferty’s contributions to the Villanova community and which certainly will benefit the students, faculty, and staff of the College.

Dr. Lafferty’s distinguished career at Villanova spans 27 years of service in the classroom and administration. In that time, she has served our community as the Academic Counselor in the Counseling Center, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Assistant Professor of Education, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, and University Vice President for the past 16 years. Through each of those roles, she has worked tirelessly to support students, champion faculty and staff, and advance Villanova’s Augustinian and educational mission. This new role is a culmination of Dr. Lafferty’s past experiences at Villanova and will allow her to increase the depth and scope of her impact on the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova – a matter very close to her heart.

As College Professor, Dr. Lafferty will continue to teach in the Education department, interact with students, and handle a variety of administrative duties of importance to the College. She will provide special administrative support to the Dean of the College through search committee service and leadership, student counseling in high priority situations, accreditation issues assistance and oversight, organizing Department Chair and Faculty Workshops, providing assistance to departments in transition, and special projects identified by the Dean. Among Dr. Lafferty’s initial areas of emphasis will be promoting diversity in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, highlighting the centrality of the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova, and collaborating with the University’s other schools and colleges to continue integrating the Liberal Arts and Sciences into Business, Engineering, Law, and Nursing curricula.  

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Lafferty on her new position as the first College Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

With Warm Regards,
Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A.
University President

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Director of Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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