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Dennis Dougherty, EdD

Dean of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

White male with gray hair wearing a dark blue shirt, blue striped necktie, and gray pants standing in front of a black board lecturing to a class.

Would you rather be trapped in an elevator with Bill Gates or Bono?

Actually, neither. I am not much of a technology person, so I would have little interest in meeting Bill Gates. In fact, I always believed that computers were going to be a fad much like disco and never paid them much attention. I admire Bono’s philanthropic work, but I am not a fan of U2’s music. However, I would not mind being trapped in an elevator with the 1964 version of Sophia Loren who once remarked that “everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” To which I say, thank God for pasta.

Campus Involvement: Graduate and Professional Studies Programs, Global Studies, Partnerships, Assessment, Convocation, and Commencement

What goal are you currently trying to achieve?

A current non-Rosemont goal of mine is to clean out the storage room at home. This is a summer long project to reduce the amount of household clutter that includes 275 vinyl albums (none of which feature U2), multiple garden rakes, 75 flower pots, old board games, and lots of stuff that defies identification.

Where is the furthest place you have traveled?

The furthest place I have traveled in terms of mileage took place in May of 2015 when my family and I traveled to Italy. We spent time in Florence, Sienna and Rome. I found the city of Rome to be filled with trash and difficult to navigate due to the traffic. However those shortcomings pale in comparison to spending time in the Sistine Chapel, climbing the Spanish Steps (which was on my bucket list), tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain, touring the Colosseum and sitting in quiet contemplation in St. Peters Basilica.