Marylou Yam, PhD. was appointed the fourteenth president of Notre Dame of Maryland University on July 1, 2014.Throughout her career, Dr. Yam has been a staunch and vocal advocate for the essential role of a liberal arts foundation in professional education. In her time at Notre Dame, she led the effort to develop a new 5- year strategic plan, significantly expanded academic programs, expanded the land envelope of the campus, increased new student enrollment and welcomed the largest class of new students in the University’s history. Under Dr. Yam’s leadership Notre Dame attained United Nations-Non Government Organization status for the University.
In 2016, Governor Hogan appointed Dr. Yam to the Maryland Commission on Women. She is the past the Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee on the Women’s Commission. She recently served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Keswick Multi- Care Center in Baltimore and was named by the Daily Record to the Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2017. Dr. Yam is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association (MICUA) and is the Chair of the Capital Projects Committee.
A registered nurse by training, President Yam has published in the field of intimate partner abuse and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on the topics of domestic violence, women’s education, higher education and leadership.
Dr. Yam received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Mercy College, she earned a Master’s in Art and a Master’s in Education in Nursing Education/Adult Health from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Adelphi University.