The University of Notre Dame is a private Catholic research university founded in 1842. Located in St. Joseph County, Ind., Notre Dame runs four undergraduate colleges in addition to a law school, business school, school of architecture and graduate school that offers over 50 master's and doctoral degree programs. Notre Dame's name is French for "Our Lady" — the Virgin Mary — who is the university's patron saint. The University first accepted women in 1972 and today serves about 12,000 students of both Catholic and non-Catholic backgrounds. Its "Fighting Irish" athletic teams, including its famous football team, are part of the NCAA Division I.
Rev. John Jenkins was appointed president of the University of Notre Dame in 2005, after serving as vice president and associate provost. Jenkins also served as a religious superior of the Holy Cross priests and brothers of Notre Dame, and as a fellow and trustee of Notre Dame. The recipient of philosophy degrees from Oxford University and Notre Dame, Jenkins joined Notre Dame's philosophy faculty in 1990, and has taught ancient and medieval philosophy and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of the 1997 book "Knowledge and Faith in Thomas Aquinas."