Dr. Cindy Gnadinger

Carroll University President

Dr. Cindy Gnadinger became Carroll University's 15th president on July 1, 2017. Read more about her career experience and previous accomplishments below.


  • University of Louisville, Ed.D., 2001
  • University of Louisville, M.Ed., 1995
  • Western Kentucky University, B.S., 1989

Positions in Higher Education

  • Carroll University, Waukesha, Wis.
  • 2017-Present
  • President
  • Bellarmine University, Louisville, Ky.
  • 2016-2017
  • Executive Consultant—Office of the President
  • St. Catharine College, St. Catharine, Ky.
  • 2014-2016
  • President
  • Provost
  • William Peace University, Raleigh, N.C.
  • 2013-2014
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor
  • Bellarmine University, Louisville, Ky.
  • 2000-2013
  • Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Dean, School of Education
  • Director of Graduate Education Programs
  • Assistant/Associate Professor
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.
  • 1994-2000
  • Faculty Liaison
  • Adjunct Faculty

Professional Training and Certifications


  • Senior Leadership Academy-Council on Independent CollegesWashington, D.C.


  • The Principles and Techniques of Fundraising — Indianapolis, Ind.
    • The Lily Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI (Certificate Program)
  • Title IX Coordinator TrainingSan Antonio, Texas
    • Association of Title IX Administrators (Certificate Program)


  • AACTE’s New Deans’ InstituteAnchorage, Alaska

Professional Memberships (past and present)

  • National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU)
  • Council on Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)
  • Association for Title IX Administrators (ATIXA)
  • American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • Assoc. of Ind. Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (AILACTE)
  • American Educational Researchers Association (AERA)
  • National Reading Conference (NRC)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)

Professional and Community Service

  • Board Member, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties, 2020-present
  • Board Member, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, 2019-present
  • Member of La Casa de Esperanza’s Advisory Board, 2018-present
  • Member of the Dominican Roundtable, Springfield, Ky., 2014-2016
  • Member of the CRC, Cooperating Raleigh Colleges, Raleigh, N.C., 2013-2014
  • National appointment to serve as AACTE Leadership Academy Faculty, 2010-2013
  • Served on accreditation site visits for SACS-COC, 2011-2014
  • Member of Kentucky Shakespeare Board of Directors, Louisville, Ky., 2008-2012
  • Served as a Kentucky Board of Examiner for state accreditation/ NCATE visits, 2007-2010
  • Served as the AILACTE Kentucky State Representative for the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Lac Viet Academy Board Member, Louisville, Ky., 2007-2010
  • Named to the Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Selection Committee, 2009-2013
  • Served on the Kentucky Reading Journal Editorial Board, 2008-2010
  • Association for Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) appointed representative for Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD) Advisory Board, 2003-2004
  • Ursuline-Pitt Academy Board Member, Louisville, Ky., 2002-2003
  • Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant Advisory Committee, 2003-2004

Awards and Recognition

  • 2020 Women of Influence—Milwaukee Business Journal
  • 2013 Fulbright Award—International Education Administrators Program, France
  • 2013 Inductee into the Bullitt Central High School Hall of Fame, Ky.
  • 2013 Named one of the “Women Who Inspire”—Lou. Chapter of Women in Admin., Ky.
  • 2010 Alumnus of the Year, Bullitt Central High School, Ky.
  • 2007 Recipient of the President’s Faculty Merit Award, Bellarmine University
  • 2006 Recipient of the Provost’s Faculty Merit Award, Bellarmine University
  • 2003 Recipient of the Patriotic Employer award from the U.S. Department of Defense

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