Maureen Connolly

Director of Learning and Development, Office of Human Resources

Maureen Connolly couples her commitment to professional development and training opportunities with her distinctive personal style. Often recognized for her eye-catching jewelry and decorative office, Maureen joined the Office of Human Resources in 2004 as the training and instructional design specialist. She was promoted in 2009 to director of learning and development and is responsible for overseeing the learning and development strategy and services offered at Princeton, including the Management Development Certificate Program, the Core Learning Curriculum, Lunchtime Matinee Sessions and Excelling at Princeton Program.  

In 2007, Maureen introduced HR’s New Manager Orientation Program for newly hired or promoted managers. She describes the rationale of the program, “Our goals are to orient managers to the University’s mission and values; provide them with an overview of the University’s structure, decision-making bodies and key functions; and articulate expectations about performance and compliance responsibilities.”
In 2008, Maureen launched the Donald Griffin ’23 Management Award, funded by a gift to the University to memorialize Donald W. Griffin ’23, often referred to as Mr. Princeton. The award provides an annual opportunity for professional development of managers and administrators whose experience and responsibilities indicate potential for leadership and continuing contribution to the University.
Maureen, an avid learner herself, is a certified master trainer and facilitator for Development Dimensions International (DDI) Learning Systems. She has also received certifications in Lominger Competency Cards, Interview Architect and Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI).
Before Princeton, Maureen spent several years working at the University of Pennsylvania, Delaware County Community College, Widener University and Philadelphia University. She holds a master’s degree from Philadelphia University and a bachelor’s degree from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.

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