Mary Lou DeRosa Named Dean of University College

News Story: April 1, 2009

Mary Lou DeRosa, MBA, has been named dean of the University Collegeaccording to an announcement by Dr. Thomas V. Forget, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Sacred Heart University. She has been interim Dean of University College since November of 2007. 

DeRosa manages the enrollments for 700 part-time adult students and the Stamford campus.  In addition, the University College portfolio includes: winter and summer intersession and three noncredit units:  The Center for Financial Education, The Center for Spirituality and Ministry and English as a Second Language.  In terms of institutional leadership, she serves on the University’s Provost Council. She also serves on the Catholic Culture Task Force and the Digital Learning Task Force.

DeRosa has over 14 years of experience in higher education administration. She transitioned from Institutional Advancement and Development, serving first in alumni relations, corporate relations, and finally prospect research, to University College. She was the Associate Director of the Master of Arts in Learning program. Most recently she was the Director of New Initiatives; identifying strategically sound internal and external partnership opportunities for professional audiences.  She has worked to expand the enrollment of non-traditional learners by launching a Hispanic marketing campaign and creating community college articulation agreements. 

She is the founding director of the Center for Financial Education. Her commitment to improving financial literacy on campus and in the community is evidenced by a quarterly speaker series by authors and an annual campus event on financial planning that she initiated. She has coordinated the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow programs and annual Hesburgh lecture in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s Fairfield County Alumni Chapter. 

Mary Lou received her BA in Communication Arts from the University of Dayton and MBA from Sacred Heart University. She is a graduate of the 2008 class of the HERS Institute at Wellesley College, the 2005 Business Council of Fairfield County Leadership Class and the 2003 UPenn Entrepreneurship in Education Institute. She serves on the board of the Fairfield County Chapter of the Financial Planning Association and Unquowa School and is a member of the University Continuing Education Association, Association of Continuing Higher Education, and Society of Human Resource Managers.