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4 President's Office: Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin, O.P., PhD.

Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin Collection


Title : Jeanne O’Laughlin, O.P. Collection

Extent : 12 linear feet

Location: 04 (22 boxes)

Language: English


Biographical note

Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Sister Jeanne joined the Adrian Dominican Sisters at the age of 16. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College in Adrian and a master’s degree in biology and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Arizona. Following graduation, she served in several administrative positions in higher education and as the Superintendent of the Adrian Dominican Independent School System in Michigan, Illinois and Florida. In November 1981, Barry College officially became Barry University and Sister Jeanne became the school’s fifth President. During her tenure, she oversaw a period of exponential institutional growth. In 2005, she became Chancellor of Barry University with the goal of helping women in developing countries attain advanced degrees from Barry and other U.S. universities. Sister Jeanne continued as an active member of numerous civic and professional associations, and has been honored by numerous organizations including the YWCA, and the Anti-Defamation League.


Scope and Content Note:

The collection includes biographical or historical materials related to Sr. Jeanne O’Laughlin, President of Barry University, 1981-2003, Chancellor of Barry University, 2003.


Series Description:

Series I: Personal Papers

Series II: Awards & Recognition

Series III: Appointments

Series IV: Barry University Governance/Administration

Series V: Other Files

Series VI: Audiovisual materials


Administrative Information

Acquisition information: Documents are continuously acquired through deposit

Processed by: Veronica Herrera and Sister Dorothy Jehle, September 2006. Updated by Ximena Valdivia, 2009

Access Restrictions: This collection is unrestricted / open for research

Preferred Citation: Jeanne O’Laughlin, O.P. Collection, Barry University Archives and Special Collections

Container List

Container List:

Series I: Personal Papers

Box 1  Biographical material / resumes, 1984-2004



Incidents/Health Issues

Golden/Diamond Jubilee as nun, 1996, 2006

Inauguration as President of BU, 1981

Inauguration Mass – Sermon by Fr. Neal McDermott, OP

Sister amnesia’s Nunsense Jamboree, 1995, 1997

Box 2  Retirement from BU: Plans, 2004

Retirement from BU: Program

Retirement from BU: Media

Retirement from BU: Correspondence

Retirement from BU: Washington Salute

Speeches: Inaugural Address by SJO, 1981

Speeches: Addresses to Fall Assembly, 1983-1996

Speeches: Addresses to Fall Assembly, 1997-2003

Thomas and Elizabeth O’Laughlin Scholarship

Writings and Speeches, 1980-1998

Writings: Presidents’ Public Diaries, 2000


Series II: Awards & Recognition

Box 3  Awards, 1981-1992

            Awards, 1993-1996

            Awards, 1997-2009

            Amigos for Kids Award, 2004-04-24

            Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, 1999-11

Box 4  Florida Women of Achievement, 2005

            Legends of South Florida, 2005

            Rollins College Honorary Degree, 1997       

            Sand in my Shoes Award, 1999-02-11

            Spirit of Excellence Award, 1993-09-27

            St. Thomas University Honorary Degree, 1997


Series III: Appointments & Commissions

Box 5  Appointments, 1983-2003

            Barrett Bank of South Florida – Board of Directors, 1984-1995

            Columbus Hemispheric Trade Commission Education Sub-Committee, 1986-88

            Dade County Relations Board, 1985-1987

            Governor’s Commission of the Homeless, 1992, 1999

            JoinTogether - Public Policy Panel on Financing Substance Abuse Serv., 1993

            Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community, 1991-1997

            Miami Coalition for a Drug Free Community - Religious Task Force, 1987-1991

            Miami International Airport - Panel, 1999-2004

            Non-Group, 1986-2000

Box 6  Orange Bowl Committee, 1984-1996

            Productivity Center Inc. – Board of Advisors, 1984-1985

            Save the Children -  LAC. South Florida Advisory Board, 1998-2000

            State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, 1989-1994

            Summit of the Americas, 1994-1995

Box 7-9 Department of Children and Families – Panel on Child Protection, 2002

Box 10-12 Hurricane Andrew - We will Rebuild, 1993


Series IV: Barry University: Governance/Administration

Box 13 First three years

            Barry Business, 1983-1999

            Community involvement reports, 1987-1995

            Correspondence: Memos from SJO

            Correspondence: Messages to/from students

            Correspondence: Congratulatory from SJO

            Correspondence: Alesky II, Patriarch of Russian Orthodox Church

            Correspondence: Ambassadors & Diplomats

            Correspondence: Andreas, Inez

            Correspondence: Brinkley, David

            Correspondence: Clergy

            Correspondence: Cobb, Charles

            Correspondence: Diaz-Balart, Lincoln/Mario

Box 14 Correspondence: Favalora, John

            Correspondence: Florida Politicians

            Correspondence: Flynn, Raymond (Ambassador)

            Correspondence: Graham, Bob

            Correspondence: Knights of Columbus

            Correspondence: Lehman, William

            Correspondence: Local Figures & Politicians

            Correspondence: Mack, Connie

            Correspondence: Malloy, Edward, CCS

            Correspondence: Martinez, Mel

            Correspondence: National Politicians

            Correspondence: Neenan, William

            Correspondence: Nelson, E. Benjamin

            Correspondence: O’Brien, Dennis

            Correspondence: Reagan, Ronald

            Correspondence: Reno, Janet

            Correspondence: Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana

            Correspondence: Ross, Donald

            Correspondence: Shaw, Claw

            Correspondence: Shriver, Eunice Kennedy

            Correspondence: University Presidents

            Correspondence: Miscellaneous

Box 15 Federal Funds

            Financial Plants, 1983-1988

            Initiatives, 1998-2004

            Initiatives: Articulation Barry-MDCC

            Initiatives: BU Intercultural Community Center, 2000

            Initiatives: Black Ministers’ Program, 1982

            Initiatives: Distance Education Planning, 2002-2005

            Initiatives: Fundraising, 1984-1993

            Initiatives: Habitat for Humanity, 1991

            Initiatives: Hands Across America, 1986

            Initiatives: ICUF 30-Mile Rule

            Initiatives: Jail & bail, 1993

            Initiatives: Miami Shores/BU Charter School, 1998

            Initiatives: Singing at St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, 1996

            Lobbyist Fausto Gomez

Box 16 Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, 1972-1999

Box 17-18 President’s Conferences, 1981-2004 (2 boxes)

Box 19 Report/Assessment results, 1992-1994

            Speaks & Engagements, 1983-1991

            Speaks & Engagements, 1992-1994

            Speaks & Engagements, 1995-1998

            Speaks & Engagements, 1999-2002


Series V: Other files

Box 20 Assistance to Chinese refugees, 1992

            Assistance to Haitian immigrants, 1982-2003

            Bishop, Ann

            Chapel Renovation, 1991-1992

            Chapel Re-Dedication, 1992 Jan. 30

            Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, 1985-1994

            Haitian Tenants, 2001

            Katzentine House, 1986-1992

            Kennel Club Property Transaction, 1996-1998

            Lehman, William

            South Florida Unites: One peace at a time, 1987

            Trip to Cuba, 1998 Feb. 18-22

            Trip to Israel, 1986




Series V: Subject files

Box 21 Newspaper Clippings: 1973-2011

Box 22 Newspaper Clippings: Gonzalez, Elian, 2000-2005


Series VI: Audiovisual materials


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