Ann Firth named associate vice president for student affairs

by Matthew V. Storin

Ann Firth

Ann M. Firth has been named associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Notre Dame, effective July 1.p. Firth, who joined the staff of Student Affairs in 1985, has worked nearly her entire Notre Dame career in that office, most recently as executive assistant to the vice president.p. Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs, said, “Over the course of her 19-year career, Ann’s contributions to student life at Notre Dame have been extraordinary. She brings to the associate vice president position a deep commitment to the mission of the University, remarkable dedication to student development, and exceptional skills as a leader and communicator.”p. Firth said, “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to serve the University in this new role and deeply honored to work alongside highly competent, caring administrators, rectors, and staff within Student Affairs. It is a privilege to be part of the rich tradition of student life at Notre Dame and to participate in shaping the future.”p. Firth earned her bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in 1981 and was graduated from Notre Dame’s Law School in 1984. After practicing law for a year, she returned to the University in 1985 to become the first director of the newly created Office of Residence Life within Student Affairs, a position she held for six years. In 1992, she joined the Student Affairs senior staff as assistant to the vice president. During the 1999-00 academic year, Firth was the executive assistant to the dean of the Law School, returning to Student Affairs in 2000.p. Over the course of her career at Notre Dame, Firth has worked extensively on formulating policies relating to residential life and also has coordinated strategic planning efforts within Student Affairs. She played a leading policy role on a wide variety of student life issues, including alcohol abuse prevention, diversity education, and the integration of academic and student life.p. Ann and her husband, John, are the parents of five children.p. Jennifer A. Monahan will succeed Firth as executive assistant to the vice president, Poorman said. Currently the assistant to the vice president, Monahan joined the senior staff of Student Affairs in June of 2000. A 1996 graduate of Notre Dame, she earned her Master’s degree in education from the University of Portland in 1998 as part of Notre Dames Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program and taught in Catholic schools for four years.p. Jennifer and her husband, Kevin, have one daughter.p.

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