For Immediate Release
Monday, March 9, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002

University of Mary Welcomes Notre Dame Dean of Business and Catholic Relief Services President Dr. Carolyn Woo

BISMARCK, ND — The long-serving Dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and the current President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services Dr. Carolyn Woo will address the topic, “Business as a Force for Good,” on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11 AM in the University of Mary’s McDowell Activity Center. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Recognized by “Foreign Policy” magazine in 2013 as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet, and only one of 33 in the category of “a force for good,” Dr. Carolyn Woo joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) following a distinguished academic career, including serving as dean of Notre Dame’s College of Business from 1997 to 2011.

According to University of Mary President Monsignor James P. Shea, Woo’s visit to the Peace Garden State is both welcome and timely.

“Despite its capacity to lift populations out of poverty and into long-term economic stability, the role of business in society is hotly contested everywhere, especially now, from the Bakken to the world over,” said Shea.

“Dr. Woo’s understanding and insight will remind us that business is a force for achieving much more than a positive balance sheet. Business does and should play an important role in human development, in helping people achieve their fullest potential.”

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Carolyn Woo immigrated to the United States to attend Purdue University, where she earned three degrees: her Bachelor’s in Economics with highest distinction and honors, her Master of Science in Industrial Administration, and her Ph.D.

Founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe, CRS now serves more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries.

About the University of Mary
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