The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., PhD, has served as Villanova University’s 32nd president since June 1, 2006. Under his leadership, the University has charted a course of signifi cant transformation that includes embarking on an ambitious ten-year strategic plan, launching the University’s largest comprehensive fundraising campaign, initiating a vibrant physical campus renovation, and dramatically expanding student opportunities.
Throughout this transformative period in Villanova’s history, Father Donohue is committed to assuring that the University’s distinctive identity as an Augustinian Catholic institution is maintained. A champion of the role of service learning at Villanova, Father Donohue instituted an annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service as a way for the University community to propel its Augustinian ideals into action. Each September, nearly 5,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni take part in projects throughout Greater Philadelphia. This is just one of the many service learning opportunities at the University, which boasts more than 249,000 hours of service in the local, national and international community.
Father Donohue is steadfastly dedicated to providing a distinctive academic experience to students across all colleges and disciplines by forging student-faculty partnerships that connect teaching, research and extracurricular initiatives; identifying new and distinctive pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning; and developing Centers around distinctive institutional competencies. Under his leadership, the University has increased its commitment both to interdisciplinary learning and the creation of new Centers of Excellence.
Father Donohue earned a BA with a concentration in theatre and communication arts, from Villanova University in 1975 and was ordained an Augustinian priest in 1979. Father Donohue holds an MA in theatre from the Catholic University of America, a M. Div. from the Washington Theological Union, and a PhD in theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Father Donohue is a tenured associate professor at Villanova, having served as chair of the University’s department of theatre from
1992 to 2006.