Dominican University President Donna M. Carroll honored with Womenetics award

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Courtesy Jessica Mackinnon, Dominican University

Dominican University President Donna M. Carroll was recently honored by the Womenetics organization during its inaugural annual POW! Awards program in Chicago. Womenetics, based in Atlanta, GA, provides online content, programs and services accelerating the development and success of female business leaders across the country. Its website is consistently included in Forbes magazine's 100 Best Websites for Women.

Carroll was one of nine Chicago businesswomen and professionals honored during a luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Chicago on March 7 which was headlined by Anne-Marie Slaughter, the first woman to serve as director of policy planning for the U.S. Department of State and a current professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University.

Carroll was recognized for her leadership of Dominican University and her contributions to her community over the past two decades. Appointed in 1994 as the private Catholic university's first lay president, at the age of 39, Carroll was one of the youngest university presidents in the country. During her tenure, enrollment at the university has doubled, the operating budget has more than tripled and the campus has expanded significantly with the addition of a satellite campus and the construction of a new residence hall, a state-of-the-art academic building, and a 500-car parking pavilion.

Carroll was named one of 20 Chicago "Women to Watch in 2010" by Crain's Chicago Business and is regularly included in the business magazine's annual "Who's Who in Chicago" issue. She was also named one of the "100 Women Who Make a Difference" by Today's Chicago Woman and was included as one of the top 10 women in education by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Carroll was appointed last year by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to the advisory board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. She is a member of the board of Rush Oak Park Hospital and the Oak Park Development Corporation and serves on the School Board of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the board of The Bernardin Center of the Catholic Theological Union.

Also honored by Womenetics was Dr. Gail Rousseau, of River Forest, a neurosurgeon with NorthShore Neurological Institute in Chicago and a professor with the NorthShore University Health System. Dr. Rousseau is also a member of the board of trustees of Dominican University.

One of only 237 female neurosurgeons in the country, Rousseau is internationally known for expertise in cranial surgery. She was on the shortlist of candidates considered by President Barack Obama in 2008 for the position of surgeon general.

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