About the President

Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph. D.

Community Committees

  • Member and Chair (as of October 2013), Board of Directors, Via Christi Hospitals – Wichita, Inc.
    • Member, Executive Committee
    • Member, Governance Committee
    • Member, Finance Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Wichita Rotary Charitable Fund (WRCF)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Wichita Chamber of Commerce (ex-officio)
    • Member, Leadership Council of GWEDC/Chamber
    • Member, Business and Education Alliance Task Force
    • Co-chair, Workforce Readiness Task Force
  • Member, Board, Wichita Eagle Initiative – “Together Wichita 2014”
  • Member, Executive Committee, Kansas Independent College Association (KICA)
  • Member, 4-Wichita KU School of Medicine – Wichita Advancement Board
    • Member, Community Affairs Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Wichita Grand Opera
    • Member, Executive Committee
    • Member, Nominations Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Wichita Community Foundation
    • Member, Fund Development Committee
  • Member, President’s Conversation Task Force, Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities (ACCU)
  • Member, (Noreen Carrocci/Bob Benson), Legatus
    • Member, Women of Wichita, group that provides funding for various non-profits

About Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D.

Dr. Noreen M. Carrocci became the fourth female and first lay woman to hold the presidential office at Newman University when she was inaugurated in 2007. Since arriving in Wichita, Dr. Carrocci has been an active, visible face on Newman’s campus, within the Wichita community, and throughout the region while actively promoting the benefits of a private Catholic education at Newman University.

Dr. Carrocci came to Newman from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Communication from 1998 until 2007. Prior to her tenure at Spring Hill, Dr. Carrocci was Dean of the Undergraduate College at the University of St. Thomas (MN) from 1994 to 1998, and faculty member, department chair, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Louis University from 1979 to 1994. During the 1991-92 academic year, Dr. Carrocci was an American Council on Education Fellow at Tulane University. She earned her Ph.D. (1979) and M.A. (1977) degrees at the University of Kansas in Speech Communication & Human Relations, and her A.B. degree (1975) at Miami University (OH) in Speech Communication and Psychology.

During her tenure, numerous campus improvements and additions have been completed including the construction of two residence halls and the Dugan Library and Campus Center, as well as outdoor gathering spaces like Founders Plaza, a beautiful outdoor monument which honors Newman’s sponsoring order, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, and their foundress, Saint Maria De Mattias. In addition, together with Dr. Michael Austin, Newman Provost and Academic Vice president, and numerous faculty, she oversaw the implementation of a nationally-recognized core curriculum – [The Newman Studies Program.]

A professor at heart, Dr. Carrocci greatly enjoys connecting with students, alumni, donors and anyone who loves Newman University. She is married to Robert (Bob) Benson, a principal with The Beta Group, a consulting firm specializing in strategic and financial management of information technology. He also serves as an adjunct professor with Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

President Carrocci is an active member of the Kansas Independent Colleges Association (KICA), the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), as well active on numerous community committees.

Sample Speaking Engagements

  • Rotary Club of Wichita Downtown
  • Eastside Rotary Club Meeting (Wichita Country Club)
  • KNSS Radio Interview with Steve McIntosh
  • Wichita Independent Business Association
  • Co-hosted two Downtown Rotary Fireside Meetings with Dr. Joe Goetz
  • Empower Wichita Radio Interview with Mr. Kevin Andrews (VP of Housing/Marketing for the Urban League
  • West Wichita Rotary Club Meeting (Rolling Hills Country Club)
  • Boeing Women in Leadership (BWIL) program to celebrate “National Women in History Heritage Month” on the topic “Women in History: A Woman’s Journey to Success.”
  • Spangles Corporate Leadership, Quarterly Meeting
If you're interested in having Dr. Carrocci connect with your civic or business group, contact mcgareyt@newmanu.edu