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Lisa Dolling

Provost/Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs

Lisa Dolling

What is your favorite city/town? Why?

Paris. Because it’s Paris!

Who or what inspires you?

My daughter Kaitlin.

What is the furthest you have ever traveled?


How do you relieve stress?

Listening to soothing music, or going for a walk.

What is your favorite sandwich?

I actually don’t like sandwiches. But give me a baguette, some camembert and smoked salmon and I’m in heaven! And make it upstairs at Café de Flore in Paris!

What would you like a prospective student to know most about Rosemont?

That we are a community in the truest sense of the term; and that we live the mission and inspire everyone around to do the same.

Describe your favorite day off.

Spending the day in the city (New York, Philadelphia or Paris) with my husband and daughter, first visiting a museum or art gallery, and then going to a fine restaurant for lunch or dinner.

Name 5 things you love (other than your family) or love doing?

  • Preparing and hosting dinner parties.
  • Going to concerts, everything from classical symphony to classic rock. (I’ve seen the Stones 6 times and Clapton 8!)
  • Going to museums.
  • Reading and discussing philosophy.
  • Spending time with students (especially reading and discussing philosophy!)

What advice would you give your college self?

Take a broader range of courses, and join more clubs.

What does the Rosemont mission mean to you?

 The Rosemont mission embodies not only everything I believe in as a philosopher and educator, but what I aspire to live as a person. It shows us that to educate is to learn; to lead is to serve; to think is to act. And most important, it should all be done with understanding, compassion and joy.

Would you rather be invisible or be able to read minds?

Ahhh…a very dangerous question to ask a philosopher! In Book II of Plato’s Republic, he tells the story of Gyges, a mythical figure who finds a ring that gives him the power to become invisible at will. One of Plato’s many points is that the truly just person would act no differently whether or not he/she had such a ring.

As for reading minds, even then the information would be open to interpretation (and that is how a philosopher avoids answering a question).