Sister Patrice Werner, O.P. is a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, NJ and currently serves as Prioress of the Congregation, beginning a five-year term on July 1, 2015. She and her Council comprise the Members of the Corporation of Caldwell University with exclusive reserved powers delineated in the Bylaws of the University. Sister is an ex officio member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Prior to her election as Prioress, Sister was a member of the Congregation’s Mission Effectiveness Team and served on the Sponsorship Committee. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Siena Village and Lincoln Hill, and was also on the Trinity Academy Advisory Board.
As Prioress, Sister Patrice holds membership in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Dominican Sisters Conference, Dominican Sisters International, the International Union of Superiors General, and Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration.
Sister Patrice served three terms (fifteen years) as President of Caldwell College from 1994-2009, retiring in 2009 with the title of President Emerita. Sister came to the College in 1973 and, prior to her election as president, served as faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages, Director of Concurrent Curriculum (now Continuing Education), Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, and Academic Dean. Prior to her 36 years at Caldwell, Sister taught on both the elementary and secondary levels in Caldwell Dominican schools in Alabama and New Jersey.
As President, Sister was active in higher education circles, serving on the New Jersey Presidents Council, the Steering Committee for New Jersey’s Long-Range Plan for Higher Education, boards of the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Neylan Commission, and Providence College. She also served as chair of several Middle States Evaluation Teams.
Sister Patrice earned a B.A. in French from Caldwell College with Teacher Certification in Secondary Education. She received her M.A. in French from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and her Ph.D. from New York University. In addition, Sister pursued summer studies in French Language, Literature and Civilization at the University of Aix-en-Provence, France and completed a summer program at the Institute of Educational Management, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.