President Alicia Córdoba, D.M.A. brings more than two decades of experience in Catholic
higher education, both as a faculty member and administrator, to her new role leading
the nationally ranked liberal arts institution. A mission-driven and motivational
leader, Córdoba has broad expertise in strategic planning, financial management and
stewardship, curriculum and program design, fundraising, marketing, team building,
process improvement and related areas.
A native of the Chicago suburbs, Córdoba spent 19 years in faculty and administrative
positions of increasing authority at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She
recently served as associate vice president and Beirne director of the Center for
Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.
A graduate of The Juilliard School where she was the first woman to receive a doctor
of musical arts in English horn performance, Córdoba has performed oboe and English
horn with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.