The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa’s Leadership Council recent bestowed its first-ever Cornerstones Award on Donna Carroll, Dominican University president and the Wednesday Journal’s 2017 River Forest Villager of the Year.

Starting this year, the Cornerstones Award will be presented annually to a woman who exemplifies her life and service after the qualities of the order’s four founding sisters: abundance of hope, courage in adversity, commitment to a shared mission and deep faith in the providence of God.

Carroll has served as Dominican University’s first lay president since 1994.

“During her 24-year tenure, [Carroll] has successfully bridged the traditions of the university’s past with the realities of today’s academic environment,” a Dominican University press release reads. “Under her leadership, the university has experienced unprecedented growth in student enrollment, faculty hires, degree programs, building construction and operating budget.”

Wednesday Journal named Carroll its 2017 River Forest Villager of the Year for her work protecting undocumented students, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA allowed individuals who illegally entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and be eligible for a work permit.

Carroll will be formally presented with the Cornerstones Award on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Sinsinawa Mound, in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

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