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130 Years & Counting! Highlights from Alverno's History

Looking Towards the Future...


Dr. Andrea Lee, IHM
“At Alverno, we believe that women’s voices and women’s ways
are essential to good life for people everywhere. That belief
absolutely defines us…”         
-Dr. Andrea Lee, IHM


Dr. Andrea Lee, IHM is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and began her career in education in 1971 as an elementary school teacher at the United States Embassy School in Bonn, Germany. Later she taught in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Illinois.

She eventually accepted the request of her religious Congregation to move into higher education at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan. Service during her 19-year tenure included: grants officer, dean of continuing education, CFO, executive vice president and interim president. Under her leadership, Marygrove became a pioneer in developing allied health programs and innovative adult continuing education and employment training certifications.

Lee next worked at St. Catherine’s in the Twin Cities, where as president she led a 30 percent increase in enrollment, brought the women’s college to university status, and helped attract $250 million in private investments to fund growth of academic programs, student scholarships and facilities.

As announced in a February 23, 2016 press release, Dr. Andrea Lee, IHM, was unanimously elected the eighth president of Alverno College by the College’s Board of Trustees.  She succeeded President Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D., taking office in July 2016.

She has begun her leadership of Alverno at a time when women's colleges continue to decline in number, despite the research showing that graduates are more likely to assume leadership roles, excel in traditionally male-dominated fields and earn an advanced degree. To her, success means offering curricular and co-curricular experiences that students need and want, especially ones that prepare them for their lives and lead to higher retention and completion rates. It means looking at new and repackaged degree programs at every level and considering stackable courses and learning experiences. It means a robust career development and internship program tied closely to the workforce needs of Milwaukee, the region and beyond. It means laser focus on mission.


Excerpts above taken from Alverno College Newsroom, Press Release, February 23, 2016,
"Alverno College Names Dr. Andrea Lee, IHM President" and an article that appeared in
Alverno Magazine Online, January 18, 2017.


Dr. Andrea Lee, IHM
                                 Dr. Andrea Lee, IHM

On July 5, 2016 Dr. Andrea Lee became the eighth president of Alverno College.
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Andrea Lee’s continued work to advance awareness of the legacy and contributions of Catholic women religious prompted the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to award Alverno College a $2.7 million grant in October 2016. The grant will be used to expand upon work Lee began in 2013 while president of St. Catherine University. The Hilton Sisters’ Project will extend its geographic reach, placing new emphasis on young women in Latino communities.
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OB Students

Alverno's first doctorate offering, a Doctorate of Nursing
Practice (DNP) was announced in October 2016.
It  launched in January 2017. Learn more...


As announced in a March 17, 2017 press release, a $1 million gift from Marianne and Sheldon Lubar will allow Alverno College to prepare more future teachers and help them reach graduation. The scholarship is for juniors and seniors majoring in elementary or secondary education, and is awarded to students who not only have financial need, but who are also recognized by the Alverno College School of Education as very strong students with a high aptitude for a career in education.  Read the Press Release...


Faculty member Justin La Manna with Girls in Science
Faculty member Justin La Manna with girls participating in
Alverno's Girls Academy of Science & Mathematics

On April 6, 2017  the Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC) recognized Alverno College’s Girls’ Academy of Science & Mathematics with the Esther Letvin Community-Campus Partnership Award at their Annual Civic Engagement Institute Awards Banquet. The award recognizes outstanding partnerships between colleges and universities and the communities they serve that produce measurable community impact as well as student growth and learning.
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