Mary A. Dempsey, President of DePaul College Prep, will share the story behind her title with us on Sunday, February 13, 2022.
Ms. Dempsey served as the first Chair of the Board of Directors at DePaul College Prep from 2014 – 2016. In 2016, Ms. Dempsey was elected President of DePaul College Prep and President of the DePaul College Prep Foundation. She remains a member of the Board of Directors. Ms. Dempsey is an attorney and President of the Philip H. Corboy Foundation. From 1994 – 2012, she served as Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library where she was responsible for the construction of 44 neighborhood branch libraries, the introduction of rich book collections and technology system wide, and the creation of innovative programs such as One Book One Chicago and the YOUMedia digital technology initiatives for teens. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, Ms. Dempsey practiced law for 12 years in Chicago focusing principally on legislative and land use issues, which was preceded by her first professional job as a public librarian in suburban Chicago.
Ms. Dempsey is a Trustee and former Chair of the Board of Trustees of DePaul University, a member of Executive Board of the Big Shoulders Fund, a trustee of Frances Xavier Warde School, a member of the Board of Misericordia, a member of the Board of Directors of the Polk Bros. Foundation and the founding Chair of the Leader Council of Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.
Ms. Dempsey holds a BA from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, a Master of Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a JD from the DePaul University College of Law.
She has received 5 honorary degrees and numerous awards for her work.