Dr. Rosalie M. Mirenda
President Emeritus of Neumann University

Dr. Rosalie M. Mirenda

Dr. Rosalie M. Mirenda became president of Neumann University in July of 1996. From the moment she took the helm of the institution until her retirement in 2017, she forged a reputation as a tireless advocate and savvy visionary.

In 2009, the University opened the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, a 72,000 square foot facility named in honor of Dr. Mirenda and her husband, Tony. Designed to be more than an athletic center, the building uses exhibits and storytelling to provide a new perspective on sports, one that goes beyond the obvious element of competition to address the myriad ways in which students learns life lessons, develop character, and deepen spirituality through sports.

Dr. Mirenda is committed to the Catholic Franciscan mission of the University, which is based on the belief that knowledge, while valuable in itself, is best used in the service of others. She has enhanced this distinctive identity while leading Neumann into its future. Dr. Mirenda takes great pride in sharing her Catholic faith, beliefs and wisdom with others, both as a writer and a speaker. She participated and spoke at the Rally for Freedom: Relevance to Higher Education – Stand up for Religious Freedom in 2012.

She has served on many boards, including the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the PA Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Seton Hall University, Archmere Academy, Holy Child Academy, and the Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

Dr. Mirenda has been recognized by a number of organizations for her steadfast faith, distinguished character and numerous accomplishments. She has been married to Anthony D. Mirenda for more than 50 years. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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