Distinguished Alumna

Barry University Distinguished Alumni Awards

Sister Mary Margaret “Peggy” Albert, OP, PhD '82, '88

President, Siena Heights University

Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD, was named the tenth president of Siena Heights University in 2006, following a lengthy tenure at Barry University. While at Barry, she was an associate professor of social work and served as a counselor for 12 years. She was named associate vice president for Student Services in 1988, and was promoted to executive vice president in 1994. Sister Peg also guided Barry's newly purchased School of Law in 2001. Under her leadership, the school earned accreditation from the American Bar Association - at the time one of only two law institutions in the nation founded and headed by women to earn that distinction.

Sister Peg is a board member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She also serves on the Board at St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont, and is a past member of the Michigan State Board of Habitat for Humanity.

In 2015, Sister Peg received the Athena Award from the Athena Lenawee Council for her dedication to cultivating and developing women in leadership.

Sister Peg holds a bachelor's of arts degree from Wayne State University, and master's and doctorate degrees in social work from Barry. She completed her post-doctoral work at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard Graduate School of Education.