The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD
Serving as President of Villanova University since June 2006, The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, has worked together with students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents to strengthen the Villanova community and renew its commitment to the institution’s Catholic, Augustinian and educational mission. Under his leadership, Villanova has embarked upon a Strategic Plan with academic and programmatic priorities that reflect Villanova's distinctive attributes of academic excellence, strong community, service to others, personal attention and a platform for success. Father Donohue believes strongly in the important role that community service plays in the Villanova educational experience and has instituted the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service each September as a way for the University community to put its Augustinian ideals into action. Nearly 5,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni take part in projects throughout Greater Philadelphia, making it one of the largest single-day service initiatives in the region. Born in Bronx, N.Y., and raised in Royal Oak, Mich., Father Donohue earned a BA, with a concentration in theatre and communication arts, from Villanova University in 1975 and was ordained an Augustinian priest in 1979. He holds an MA in theatre from the Catholic University of America, an M Div from the Washington Theological Union, and a PhD in theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a tenured associate professor at Villanova who served as Chair of the University’s Department of Theatre from 1992 to 2006.