Edmund J. Dobbin

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Edmund J. Dobbin

President of Villanova University
In office
Preceded byJohn M. Driscoll, OSA
Succeeded byPeter M. Donohue, OSA
Personal details
Born(1935-11-20)November 20, 1935
Brooklyn, New York, United States
DiedMarch 8, 2015(2015-03-08) (aged 79)
Villanova, Pennsylvania, United States

Edmund Joseph Dobbin (November 20, 1935 – March 8, 2015) was a Roman Catholic priest of the Order of Saint Augustine (OSA, ordained 1962), and 31st president of Villanova University from 1988 to 2006. Raised in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York, he became a noted educator in theology and mathematics, and Villanova's longest-serving president.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

According to Villanova's statement announcing his death: "During his tenure as President, he heightened awareness of the Augustinian character of the University, significantly increased the school's endowment, and embarked on an expansion of the campus, its facilities, and its programs."[5] The Philadelphia Inquirer added: "During Father Dobbin's tenure, Villanova basketball went national. He envisioned basketball as a way to help Villanova appear on the national stage."[4]


  1. ^ "Reverend Edmund J. Dobbin, O.S.A." Villanova University. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Rev. Edmund Dobbin, 79". Staten Island Advance. March 10, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  3. ^ "Former Staten Islander and president emeritus of Villanova University, the Rev. Edmund J. Dobbin, dies at age 79". Staten Island Advance. March 10, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "E. Dobbin, Villanova president". The Philadelphia Inquirer. March 11, 2015. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "In Memoriam: Edmund J. Dobbin, O.S.A., 31st President of Villanova University". The Augustinians: Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova. March 9, 2015. Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Reverend Edmund Dobbin, O.S.A. Obituary". Stretch Funeral Home. March 2015. Retrieved September 21, 2018.