President's Welcome

Rev John Jenkins

Welcome to the University of Notre Dame, where scholars across the generations have labored to realize our founding institutional vision to become a wellspring of hearts and minds devoted to the common good. 

A Notre Dame education forms the whole person. As president, I have the pleasure of seeing this happen every day in our classrooms, laboratories, studios and recital halls. Our abiding commitment to undergraduate education and world-class research grow together out of this lively pursuit of knowledge and truth, this abundant experience of community, friendship and service to humanity. 

Notre Dame is a place where matters of faith are addressed with respect; where the wisdom of religious tradition sheds new light upon the most pressing concerns of our own time. It is a Catholic university where tomorrow’s leaders in the arts and letters, in the sciences, the professions and civil society cultivate both technical proficiency and an ethical, moral and spiritual integrity that lasts a lifetime.

This is the Notre Dame I came to love while living in Grace Hall and studying philosophy in the 1970s. It’s the Notre Dame where I returned to teach philosophy and serve the students as a priest of Notre Dame’s founding order, the Congregation of Holy Cross.  It’s the Notre Dame that later called me to further service as its 17th president. I hope your visit to our website encourages you to visit us in person soon.

In Notre Dame,

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Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C., elected 18th president

The Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame has elected Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C., as the University’s 18th president, effective July 1.

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Presidential Transition

In a message to the campus community, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announces plans to step down as president at the end of the academic year.

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Photos with Father Jenkins

A gallery of moments captured as Fr. Jenkins interacts with the campus community.

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