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Barbara Cawley


Alumna Recognized for Lifelong Efforts in Advancement 

Nov 17, 2021

The Marywood spirit is central to who Barbara Cawley ’63 is. She was taught, mentored, supported, guided, and counseled by the IHM Sisters in Catholic grade school and high school, and this continued through her college days and professional opportunities at Marywood. Her career has featured high-profile leadership positions in both corporate and educational settings, including her distinctive service at Marywood, first as Director of Development, then as Vice President of Development, Alumni Relations, and Public Relations, and, more recently, as Alumni Engagement and Development Liaison and Advocacy Committee Liaison to corporate, foundation, and government offices. Cawley’s accomplishments are not solely in the professional milieu; indeed, her community involvement is prolific, meaningful, and lifelong, encompassing numerous civic, cultural, and charitable organizations and events. In all of these efforts, and, especially at Marywood, her leadership, devotion, talents, and support have made a lasting impact. In everything she has achieved, in all she holds dear, Cawley has reflected the spirit of Marywood—our mission, our core values, and the IHM charism. 

In 2021, Marywood University honored Cawley with the Presidential Mission Medal. Presidential Mission Medal recipients inspire others to serve and advance the University’s commitment to excellence and empowerment through education. Recipients of the award are servant leaders who embrace a commitment to Marywood's core values of Catholic identity, respect, empowerment, service, and excellence. 

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