Reverend William P. Saunders, Ph.D., recently stepped down from his position as Dean of the Notre Dame Graduate School, and was replaced by Christendom College founding faculty member and NDGS philosophy professor, Kristin P. Burns, as acting dean. Plans are underway to hire a permanent dean within the year.
Saunders has been the Dean of the NDGS for the past five years. Prior to that, he served as President of the then-Notre Dame Institute (NDI) since 1992.
As a token of appreciation for the time and effort he has given to the graduate school, the administration held a dinner in his honor at which a check for $10,000 was presented to him for the graduate school. The money came as a gift from numerous NDGS supporters in response to a letter written by Dr. Timothy O’Donnell in July.