Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D.
Ninth President of Immaculata University
Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., assumed the office of the ninth president of Immaculata University on July 1, 2002, bringing with her a broad range of experience as an educator and administrator.
Sister was born in Canonsburg, PA to Ruth and Gerald Fadden, and grew up in Havertown, PA. After graduating from Villa Maria Academy, she joined the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Sister earned an A.B. in mathematics from Immaculata College, M.A. in education from Ohio State University, and Ed.D. from Immaculata. From 1960 to 1968, Sister taught in elementary schools; from 1968 to 1977 she taught at West Catholic High School for Girls; and from 1977 to 1985, she was director of studies at Cardinal Dougherty High School.
Sister was principal of Archbishop Prendergast High School in Upper Darby from 1985 to 1990, and from 1991 to 1999, she was director of secondary curriculum and instruction, Office of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. From 1999 to 2002, Sister served as principal of Villa Maria Academy in Malvern.
As a member of the Immaculata College Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2000, Sister served successive terms as chair of the Membership and Governance Committee and the Enrollment Initiatives Committee and as a member of the Student Development and Engagement Committee.
Throughout her career in education, Sister has served in an executive capacity for many professional organizations. She was vice chair of the Executive Committee of the Middle States Association Commission on Secondary Schools, and was a member of the Middle States Strategic Planning Committee, the Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation, and the Committee to Restructure the Middle States Association.
Sister frequently participates as speaker, presenter and coordinator at educational conferences, seminars, and institutes in curriculum and instruction, her areas of expertise. Sister was chair of the IHM Professional Development Committee from 1995 to 2000, and has served on many archdiocesan committees including Curriculum and Retention, K-12 Principals' Committee Academics, Bishop Shanahan and Pope John Paul II Building Committees, and Contract Negotiations Teams. Since the beginning of her tenure, Sister has continually moved the University forward, faithfully adhering to her vision for the future stated at the time of her installation. "I see an Immaculata that is rooted in the Catholic Christian tradition; charismatic, reflective of the IHM charism; visionary, looking boldly toward the future; innovative, seeking new ways to serve; rigorous, devoted to excellence; and vibrant, dedicated to educating the whole person.
"I have faith in Immaculata and the dedicated leadership of those who love and serve her."