Notre Dame President Rev. Jenkins to Step Down after Nearly Two Decades


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South Bend, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame faces an impending leadership transition as Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., its longstanding president since 2005, declared Friday he will conclude his role by the 2023-24 academic year. Revered for his dedication and vision, Jenkins will pivot back to teaching and ministry roles within the institution.

Under his stewardship, Notre Dame flourished in its commitment as a top-tier Catholic research university. Jenkins’ legacy encompasses enhanced research, strengthened faculty frameworks, diverse student admissions, and elevated undergraduate education standards.

Reflecting on his tenure, Jenkins shared, “Serving as president of Notre Dame for me, as a Holy Cross priest, has been both a privilege and a calling,” Father Jenkins said. “While I am proud of the accomplishments of past years, I am above all grateful for the Trustees, benefactors, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends who made them possible. There is much to celebrate now, but I believe Notre Dame’s best years lie ahead.” 

As the university community absorbs this news, the search for his successor begins, aligning with tradition to source from the Congregation of Holy Cross priests.


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