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Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin

Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, PhD was raised in Detroit, Michigan, by a widowed father, whom she often referred to as “the anchor of her life,” Sister Jeanne joined the Order of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian at 16. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College in Adrian and a master’s degree in biology and doctorate in educational administration from the University of Arizona.

In November of 1981, Barry College officially became Barry University and Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, became the school’s fifth president. During her 23-year tenure, Barry’s enrollment increased from 1,750 in 1981 to more than 9,000 and its endowment grew from $770,000 to $24.1 million. In addition, the number of buildings on campus increased from 16 to 55. Four schools were initiated, including the School for School of Professional and Career Education (PACE), Computer Science, Biological and Biomedical Science and Podiatric Medicine, and 19 off-campus learning sites were opened around the state. She also oversaw the purchase of the Orlando School of Law and helped guide its path to accreditation. In 2005, she became chancellor of Barry University with the goal of helping more women in developing countries attain advanced degrees from Barry and other U.S. universities.

In 1997, the Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP Golden Jubilee fund was established by trustees, friends and alumni on the occasion of her 50th jubilee as an Adrian Dominican Sister and is a supplement to the Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship exist to provide financial assistance to student leaders.