Meet the President
Dr. Antoinette (Toni) Iadarola was appointed President of Lauralton Hall in 2009. She immediately began working with the school community to develop a strategic and master plan which builds on the school’s rich 108-year history and furthers its goal of empowering young women for life. Impelled by a genuine commitment to Catholic education and the education of young women, Toni brings a clear vision for the future of Lauralton Hall, its students, faculty and staff.
Since her arrival, she has collaborated with the campus community on construction projects which include the establishment of an Internet Café, a Center for Guidance and College Planning, the addition of an athletic practice field; additionally, work has begun on converting a carriage barn for our music program. Classrooms continue to be renovated to accommodate the way students learn and teachers teach in today’s digital world. Lauralton has also experienced record levels of enrollment and unprecedented fundraising success, and the recent designation of the campus on the National Register of Historical Places has been a source of pride to all.
Previous to her arrival, Dr. Iadarola was President and Professor of History of Cabrini College in Pennsylvania for 16 years. A former Fulbright Scholar affiliated with Oxford University, Toni has held an impressive array of academic and administrative posts: Chair of the History Department and Coordinator of Women Studies at Saint Joseph College in Connecticut, Dean of Faculty at the College of Mt. St. Joseph in Ohio, and Provost at Colby-Sawyer in New Hampshire.
A strong advocate of community service, President Iadarola has participated as a volunteer consultant on several projects funded by the State Department: working with women NGOs in Belarus, discussing privatization issues in higher education in Russia, Kazachstan and Kyrkystan. In addition, she was invited to the United Nations to serve on the Commission for Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace, an NGO established by the International Association of University Presidents. Her work on this Commission resulted in presentations in South Africa, Australia, and Thailand. Toni has also done volunteer work in orphanages in Swaziland and Guyana.
Dr. Iadarola received her masters and doctorate degrees in European diplomatic history from Georgetown University and her bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Saint Joseph College. She has received post-doctoral grants for studies at Yale and Fordham Universities. Her publications are in the areas of women studies, diplomatic history, and administration. She currently is a faculty member for the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities. Dr. Iadarola has received numerous accolades that include Catholic Educator of the Year, Business Woman of the Year for the Philadelphia Business Journal and she was listed in the Main Line Magazine as one of the top thirty powerful people on the Main Line. Dr. Iadarola is also a Dame of the Order of Malta.