Ann M. Firth, associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the recipient of the Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C., Award by the University and the Indiana Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. She will be honored at a reception on campus in the spring.
Established in 1988, the Kenna Award recognizes individuals whose service and generosity have played a significant role in the lives of members of the Holy Cross and Notre Dame communities. It is named in honor of Father Kenna, a beloved former Holy Cross provincial and Notre Dame professor who fostered close collaboration with lay men and women.
Your example as an articulate representative of the University, as a devoted mother and wife, and as a professional woman has inspired many in the Notre Dame and Holy Cross families,wrote Rev. David T. Tyson, C.S.C., and Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Holy Cross provincial superior and Notre Dame president, respectively, in a letter to Firth.Your service to the Indiana Province in so many ways has greatly enriched us.
A 1981 Notre Dame graduate, Firth also earned her juris doctorate degree from the University. After practicing law in Chicago for one year, she returned to Notre Dame in 1985 to join the Division of Student Affairs, first leading the Office of Residence Life, then joining the senior staff as associate vice president, with responsibilities including strategic planning for the division, residential life master planning, and various initiatives designed to better integrate academic and student life at Notre Dame.
Firth and her husband, John, reside in Mishawaka with their five children.