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Carolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D.

Carolyn Y. Woo, Ph.D. Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development
Phone: (765) 496-0368
E-mail: woo43@purdue.edu

Carolyn Yauyan Woo became a Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University in February 2017.  In this role, she is assisting Purdue in various international collaborative efforts.

During 2012-2016, Woo served as president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States.  Woo served on the Board of Directors of CRS from 2004-2010.  As president of CRS, Carolyn was featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Foreign Policy as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet and one of only 33 in the category of “a force for good.” During her time leading CRS, Purdue and CRS established a strategic partnership.

Prior to working with CRS, Woo served from 1997-2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.  During her tenure at Notre Dame, the Mendoza College was frequently recognized as the nation’s leading business school in ethics education and research.  Woo was the first female dean to chair the accreditation body for business schools — AACSB: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business — and directed its Peace through Commerce Initiative. She helped launch the Principles for Responsible Management Education for the United Nations Global Compact.

Woo’s teaching, research and administrative leadership in academia have been recognized through Best Paper Awards by the Academy of Management, selection as one of 40 Young Leaders of American Academe by Change Magazine, and the journal of the American Association for Higher Education.

Woo first came to Purdue as a student, then became a faculty member and served as an administrator.  She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and immigrated to the United States in 1972 to attend Purdue University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in economics, her master’s degree in industrial administration and her doctorate degree in strategic management.  She joined the faculty in the Krannert School of Management and later became associate executive vice president for academic affairs until 1997.

Woo is a distinguished alumna and honorary alumna of Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.  She has received honorary doctorates from Providence College, Loyola University of Maryland, Manhattan College, Wake Forest University, the University of Notre Dame and others.

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