January 31, 2017: Immaculata, PA- The Board of Trustees of Immaculata University announces that Barbara Lettiere ’72 has been appointed the 10th president of Immaculata. Lettiere will take office on July 1, replacing Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., who has served as president since 2002.
Lettiere becomes the first lay president of Immaculata. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise as a former vice president of finance at a small liberal arts college for 15 years in addition to her nearly 30-year career in corporate America. Lettiere also demonstrates a unique advantage to lead the charge as an Immaculata alumna, a donor, and a member of the Board of Trustees for seven years, serving recently as chairperson. Her collective experience in each of these roles provides in-depth knowledge of the opportunities and challenges for Immaculata University. She will lead an executive administration that oversees students enrolled in associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. Immaculata was founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1920 as the first Catholic women’s college in the Philadelphia area.
“I have had the opportunity to work with Barbara Lettiere for several years and I cannot think of a better, more committed person to lead Immaculata at this juncture,” stated Phyllis Bellopede ’82, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and member of the Board of Trustees. “Barbara has proven leadership skills in both the corporate and academic worlds and will bring such passion and energy to her new role as president; she will be an inspiration to us all!”
Barbara Lettiere ’72 :Most recently serving as vice president for Finance and Administration at Trinity Washington University since 2002, Lettiere spent most of her professional career at Bell Atlantic Corporation holding various positions within the operations, marketing and finance sectors. In 1992, she became vice president/treasurer at Bell Atlantic before assuming the presidency of Bell Atlantic Federal Systems for five years where she helped secure the largest government contract ever awarded to Bell Atlantic.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Immaculata, Lettiere continued her education earning a Master of Arts degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Decision Sciences and Finance from Rider University. She is also a certified public accountant and a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
“It is my belief that, as the first lay president, Barbara Lettiere will perpetuate Immaculata’s long IHM heritage of preparing students for the workforce and also to be a positive force for good. She will creatively and effectively lead the University in adapting to the new and evolving educational needs of our times,” stated Sister Lorraine McGrew, IHM, vice chair of the Immaculata Board of Trustees.
Located on the Main Line in scenic Chester County, 20 miles west of Philadelphia, Immaculata University is a Catholic comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher learning. On November 12, 1920, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted a college charter to the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, making Immaculata the first Catholic women’s college in the region. The IHM Sisters’ mission of educating women for more than 165 years has produced approximately 22,000 alumni worldwide and currently has nearly 3,000 students enrolled in 53 undergraduate majors, seven master’s degree programs, three doctoral degree programs, and over 40 additional professional endorsement, certificate and certification programs. Immaculata University contributes to the development of the whole person of any faith, fostering a commitment to truth, service, justice, and peace.