Past Presidents

Elms College was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts. Over the years, several sisters served as presidents of the college. Get to know them and other leaders who helped advance the college to where it is today.

Mary Reap, IHM

Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D.

Tenth President

2009-Present

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First President

Bishop Thomas O'Leary

First President

1928-1949

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Second President

Bishop Christopher J. Weldon

Second President

1949-1958

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Third President

Rose William Murphy, SSJ

Third President

1958-1965

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Fourth President

Monsignor Thomas F. Devine

Fourth President

1965-1976

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Fifth President

Edward D'Alessio

Fifth President

1976-1979

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Sixth President

Mary A. Dooley, SSJ

Sixth President

1979-1994
Elms Alumna | Class of 1944

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Seventh President

Kathleen C. Keating, SSJ

Seventh President

1994-2001

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Eighth President

Joachim W. Froehlich

Eighth President

2001-2003

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Ninth President

James H. Mullen, Jr.

Ninth President

2005-2008

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