Dennis Brown | May 12, 2017
Eileen Hunt Botting, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed director of merit scholarship programs at the University. She succeeds Joseph Buttigieg, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.
“We are delighted to welcome Professor Botting as our new faculty director,” said Rev. Hugh R. Page, vice president and associate provost. “Her internationally recognized research as a political theorist, contributions to the Glynn Family Honors Program, creative engagement of students in the classroom and remarkable record of undergraduate mentoring make her an ideal choice for this role. We are confident that she will be a superb steward of and ambassador for our Hesburgh–Yusko, Stamps and other merit scholarship initiatives.”
In a restructured position, Botting will oversee the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, Stamps Scholars Program and other merit-based scholarship programs at the University. She will advise students with merit scholarships, mentor those who are preparing proposals for summer enrichment experiences and develop lectures, colloquia, discussion forums and other supplementary learning opportunities. She also will maintain and expand relationships with University leaders, donors, staff in the Enrollment Division and members of the campus community involved in merit scholarship support.
“I am honored beyond words by this appointment and feel gratitude toward all of my students, past and present, who have inspired me to walk the path of the academic life not despite, but because of its intrinsic challenges,” Botting said. “Among the Notre Dame students who have inspired me the most are those in the Hesburgh-Yusko, Stamps and Glynn programs. I look forward to continuing to teach and mentor them at the highest level, on campus and beyond.”