Ann M. Firth serves as chief of staff to Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. Ms. Firth’s responsibilities include: advising the President; managing the staff and operations of the office; serving as a liaison to the University’s Board of Trustees; working with the Budget Working Group, the Faculty Board on Athletics and the President’s Leadership Council; and leading the planning for the University’s Commencement Exercises. Ms. Firth joined the Office of the President in November 2011 as associate vice president and counselor to the President, and was appointed to the chief of staff position in March 2012.
Ms. Firth received both a Bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor from Notre Dame. After practicing law in Chicago, Firth returned to Notre Dame in 1985 to join the Division of Student Affairs as the inaugural director of the Office of Residence Life, serving for six years as the University’s primary hearing officer for student disciplinary matters.
From 1992 to 2011, Ms. Firth served as a member of the Student Affairs’ senior leadership team. As associate vice president for Student Affairs, she was responsible for strategic planning and assessment for the Division, ensuring student welfare and safety, managing crisis communications, leading efforts aimed at better integration of academic and student life, implementing the University’s residential master plan, and oversight of The Career Center and Campus Ministry. She was also instrumental in establishing both the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education and the Gender Relations Center, led two University committees on the future of residential life, and served as the chair of the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention and as Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
Ms. Firth is the recipient of a University Presidential Award for her work. The Congregation of Holy Cross honored her with the Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C. Award for “extraordinary contributions to Notre Dame and Holy Cross”.
Ms. Firth and her husband, John, who also holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University, are the parents of four Notre Dame graduates and a current Notre Dame student.