Erin Hoffmann Harding to succeed Father Doyle as VP for Student Affairs

Author: Dennis Brown

Erin Hoffmann Harding

Erin Hoffmann Harding, associate vice president for strategic planning at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed vice president for student affairs at the University, succeeding Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, C.S.C., who will join Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives as a faculty fellow focusing on initiatives in Catholic educational leadership development. He also will continue pastoral ministry among students and assist the Office of Human Resources with an initiative related to integrating Catholic mission.

“Erin brings with her to this new position a wide range of extraordinary skills that will serve the University well,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “I appreciate her accepting this appointment and look forward to working closely with her and the division to enhance our student life initiatives, which have always been and will remain a distinctive part of Notre Dame’s educational experience.

“I am likewise grateful to Tom Doyle for his excellent leadership and service over the past two years. He brought renewed focus to our hallmark of residential life, introduced a vision of integrated student education in the Catholic, Holy Cross tradition, and oversaw the enhancement of our student life policies and procedures. Above all, he has been a superb priest and brother in Holy Cross. His pastoral leadership has been a gift to our community and it will be ideal for his new responsibilities.”

Harding will begin in her new position Aug. 1, until which time Father Doyle will continue to lead student affairs. A search for Harding’s successor will begin soon.

Appointed to her current position in July 2008, Harding previously served for three years as assistant vice president for strategic planning and special projects. The Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research was merged under Harding’s leadership with the University’s institutional research function, which encompasses external reporting to the U.S. Department of Education and rankings agencies, comparative analysis of peer institutions, development and reporting of a variety of internal and national constituent surveys, and the administration of the University’s course instructor feedback system. The expanded office now supports the president in the development and drafting of the University’s overall strategic plan, assesses progress toward the University’s five goals, consults with units and maintains a central repository for college, school and division strategic plans, and facilitates departmental reviews on behalf of the provost and the executive vice president.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame in 2005, Harding served as a management consultant in the Chicago and Cleveland offices of the international consulting firm McKinsey and Company Inc. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and earned her juris doctor degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, Harding taught legal writing to first-year law students, was elected president of Harvard’s Board of Student Advisers, and received a dean’s award for her service to the law school community. She was the recipient of the Rev. Leonard A. Collins, C.S.C., and Alumni Association Distinguished Student awards as a student at Notre Dame and served as the student body treasurer. Her husband Ryan is also a Notre Dame graduate and an attorney, and they are the parents of a young son.