Dr. Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley

Vice President for Mission, Planning and Innovation, Mission Integration

Assistant Professor, Religious and Theological Studies

Contact Information:

Room 201
(401) 341-7282


B.S. in biology with honors, Villanova University
M.Div., Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Ph.D. in Christian spirituality, Graduate Theological Union

Personal Statement:

As vice president for mission, planning and innovation, I serve as a mission catalyst and bridge-builder, partnering with students, faculty, staff, administrators, community partners, trustees and alumni to strategically and collaboratively advance Salve Regina's mission in the classroom, campus and community: "To work for a world that is harmonious, just and merciful."

I founded the McAuley Institute for Mercy Education at Salve Regina, which seeks to advance the mission of the University through the development of interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives to foster an ethic of dialogue and action around the tradition and critical concerns of mercy. I also oversee the work of the Center for Community Engagement and Service and the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, and hold a faculty appointment in the Department of Religious and Theological Studies.

Before coming to Salve Regina in 2018, I served for 12 years at Santa Clara University, primarily as the director of the Bannan Institute in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. I also have served as co-chair of the Mission and Identity Conference of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and as chair of the Mission Officers Council of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.