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Krannert Executive Forum - Carolyn Woo

Carolyn Woo

Carolyn Woo

President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Relief Services

Dr. Woo assumed the position of CEO and president of Catholic Relief Services in January 2012. Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe.  Since then, it has expanded in size to reach more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries on five continents.

Dr. Woo, representing CRS, was featured in Foreign Policy (May/June, 2013) as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet and one of only 33 in the category of "a force for good." Dr. Woo's Catholic News Service monthly column took first place in the 2013 Catholic Press Association Awards in the category of Best Regular Column – Spiritual Life.  Before CRS, she served as the dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame from 1997.  During Dean Woo's tenure, the Mendoza College achieved number one ranking (BusinessWeek/Bloomberg) in 2010 and 2011.  Prior to the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Woo served as Associate Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University.

Dr. Woo earned her Bachelor's in Economics with highest distinction and honors, Master of Science in Industrial Administration with award as Krannert Scholar and Ph.D. all from Purdue University. She is married to David E. Bartkus and they have two sons, Ryan and Justin.