Welcome Molly Butler – Servie Director, NDAA

Dear Colleagues, 

I am thrilled to announce that Molly Butler will be joining our team on Monday, January 13th as the new Service Director.

Molly graduated from Notre Dame in 2006 with a B.A. in Psychology, and a minor in Theology. She earned a Masters of Public Administration from New York University in 2010, and is currently pursuing her EdD in Education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Molly comes to us from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota where she has worked since 2010.  As the Director of the McNair Scholars Program, Molly has prepared numerous low-income, first generation, and minority undergraduate students for research and graduate school enrollment.  Through her partnership building with the U.S. Department of Education, she has developed and advanced research funding and internship opportunities for students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), humanities and social sciences.  Molly’s background also includes advocacy and educational work with at-risk youth, homeless communities, and her own research led to strategic enhancement of water and sanitation improvements in rural communities in India. From 2006-2008, Molly taught elementary students in St. Louis through Teach for America Corps.

Molly is avid cellist, a dedicated runner with 5 marathons under her belt, speaks French, was a member of the Notre Dame ski team, and loves her poodle, Goose.  Molly is very excited to return to Notre Dame where , as she says, “my heart belongs.”

Please join me in welcoming Molly to the Alumni Association in January!

Christmas Blessings,


Angie Appleby Purcell, MDiv ’97

Spirituality Program Director

Notre Dame Alumni Association

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