CRS names Carolyn Woo new president, CEO

Carolyn Woo (BSIM '75, MSIA '76, PhD '79) is leaving her post as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s business school at the end of the year to become president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Woo, who served on the CRS board of directors from 2004 to 2010, will become the seventh chief executive of the organization since it was founded in 1943.

Carolyn Woo

Carolyn Woo

With a mission to assist the impoverished and disadvantaged overseas, CRS reaches some 100 million people in more than 100 countries across five continents.

Prior to joining Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in 1997, Woo served as associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue. She was a member of the Krannert faculty for nearly 15 years and directed the school’s professional master’s programs from 1993 to 1995.

During her six-year tenure on the CRS board, Woo made several trip overseas to visit the agency’s programs and staff, including Indonesia shortly after the Indian Ocean tsunami, as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Kenya.

“I am honored to join an organization that is a true manifestation of the compassion of Jesus Christ and the Church’s ministry of charity around the world,” Woo says. “I look forward to building on the strong accomplishments of the CRS and its global staff.”