Program Directors

Lauren Donahue

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Lauren Donahue has served as the Program Director for New Student Engagement in the Office of Student Affairs since June 2018. In this role, she provides leadership and coordination for all aspects of the Division’s involvement in, and contribution to, new student programs. Ms. Donahue works across the Division and University to coordinate resources, develop programming, train students and staff, and further refine the Orientation experience. In partnership with the Center for University Advising, she co-directs the Moreau First Year Experience Course, a two-semester course, required of all first-year students, designed to integrate their academic, co-curricular, and residential experiences. Serving as a member of the Vice President for Student Affairs’ leadership team, Ms. Donahue provides oversight to special projects and initiatives related to new student engagement and support, ensuring that our welcome of new students communicates our values as a community and introduces the distinctive elements of a Holy Cross education.

During her time at Notre Dame, Donahue has served as an instructor of the Moreau First Year Experience course, a member of the greeNDot Committee and the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention, and the rector of Cavanaugh Hall from 2014-2018.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Ms. Donahue worked at Saint Vincent College, in Latrobe Pennsylvania, as the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Social Outreach. There she partnered with students to organize service opportunities in the Latrobe and Greensburg communities as well as the greater Pittsburgh area. She also coordinated service trips and pilgrimages to Alaska, Brazil, China, Italy, and Taiwan.

A native of Walkersville Maryland, Donahue earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Theology and Arts Administration from Saint Vincent College and a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Andrew Whittington

Andrew Whittington

As Program Director for First-Year Student Engagement, Andrew Whittington provides leadership and coordination for all aspects the Center for University Advising's involvement in, and contribution to, first-year student programs and communications. Mr. Whittington coordinates all aspects of communication and student engagement for the Center for University Advising, collaborates with faculty from across all colleges and schools and the Division of Student Affairs to plan and execute the Welcome Week experience, co-direct the Moreau First-Year Experience course, and leverage University resources to invite, inspire and empower all first-year students to grow into fuller versions of themselves. Mr. Whittington serves as a member of the Assistant Provost for Academic Advising’s leadership team and provides oversight to educational projects and initiatives that seek to ignite academic curiosity, build community and self-conceptualization, and integrate the pillars of a Holy Cross education across the institution. 

Mr. Whittington graduated from his beloved Notre Dame in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Following his undergraduate experience, he joined Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows program and served as a third-grade teacher while earning a Master of Education degree. Mr. Whittington then returned to campus to serve as Associate Program Director for ACE Teaching Fellows where he worked to further the University's initiatives to strengthen, sustain, and transform Catholic education across the country. He has served in several capacities with ACE, University Relations, and the Center for University Advising to engage students, faculty, and alumni in their shared call to be a force for good in the world. He and his wife Mary Katheryn Whittington, who serves as Senior Assistant Director for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, have been blessed by the Notre Dame and South Bend communities and have called Notre Dame "home" since they first met as undergraduate students. They welcomed their first child in 2020.