Immaculata University Names First Layperson as President

MALVERN, Pa. — A Catholic university near Philadelphia has chosen its first lay president in its 97-year-history.

Barbara Lettiere, a 1972 graduate, is the new president of Immaculata University.

The school was founded in 1920 in Malvern by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1920. It was the first Catholic women’s college established in the Philadelphia area.

Lettiere is the university’s 10th president. She’ll succeed Sister R. Patricia Fadden on July 1.

Lettiere most recently served as vice president for finance and administration at Trinity Washington University since 2002. The previously worked as an executive with Bell Atlantic Corporation.