Sister Marie Kathleen Daugherty, SCL, was named the first Donnelly College Endowed Chair in the Humanities.
Through grants and other gifts, the College has been preparing for this position for several years. In 2008, Donnelly was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant of $485,000, to be doubly matched by donors within six years.
Having successfully completed fundraising within the challenge time frame, the College was able to move forward with the biggest and most integral component of this request: establishing an Endowed Professor of Humanities, the College’s first fully endowed position.
“Awarding the endowed humanities position is the last component of the grant to be executed and will ensure high-quality, integrated humanities instruction in keeping with our institutional mission,” said President Monsignor Stuart Swetland.
As she holds this position, Daugherty will continue teaching courses while overseeing the Sister Jerome Keeler Lecture Series, in addition to conducting research and curriculum development for the College.
“We are very pleased Sister Marie Kathleen has accepted this honor,” Swetland said. “We are also very grateful for her years of service to our mission and community.”