Notre Dame College Medal to be Awarded to President Andrew P. Roth

Notre Dame College will award its highest honor, the 2014 Notre Dame College Medal, to its President Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D., who has announced his retirement effective June 30.

Roth, the thirteenth president in the College's 91-year history, has served since July 2003. He will be presented with the medal during a campus ceremony Saturday, June 7. Details of the event are forthcoming.

Since Roth's arrival just over a decade ago, Notre Dame has attained numerous milestones in enrollment, student diversity, fundraising, employment, campus facilities, academic programs and athletics.

As the president of the College, Roth also has ensured Notre Dame adheres to the values of its founders, the Sisters of Notre Dame, and to the College's mission of serving the underserved, particularly students with learning differences and those in need of financial aid.

Before becoming president of Notre Dame, Roth served as an administrator and tenured faculty member at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa.

A self-described “lifelong learner,” Roth has a doctorate in public policy and higher education finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an MBA in marketing and strategic planning from Gannon University, an M.A. in English from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. in English and history from John Carroll University.

The Notre Dame Medal is awarded annually to an alumnus or alumna, friend of the College or civic leader in the Greater Cleveland community who exemplifies the values of the College. Recipients must demonstrate personal, professional and global responsibility through community service.

Roth is the seventh recipient of the Notre Dame College Medal, which was first awarded in 2008 to civic leader Sam Miller. The 2009 medal was presented to the Most Reverend Anthony M. Pilla, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Cleveland; the 2010 award to Anthony C. and Donna Kelly Rego, the first couple to receive the medal for their philanthropy and community service; the 2011 medal to the late philanthropist and civic leader Carl D. Glickman; the 2012 honor to civic and community activist Beth E. Mooney; and the 2013 recipient was the Sisters of Notre Dame.

The College offers sponsorship opportunities as well as individual and group tickets to the medal dinner in honor of Roth. Funds raised go directly toward the support of Notre Dame students and programs. For further information about how to become a program sponsor, contact Maureen Ischay, executive director of development, at 216.373.5335 or mischay@ndc.edu.


For 91 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.