Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President

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Bernard Akatu serves as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President. He is responsible for providing support to the Executive Vice President in the development, implementation and review of a variety of strategic initiatives and projects, guiding major communications in collaboration with officers, campus partners and other constituencies, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Executive Vice President, among other responsibilities.

Prior to his current role, Akatu worked in the Office of Human Resources at Notre Dame, serving as a Human Resources Consultant. He provided comprehensive guidance and support to departments and employees in all three University divisions concerning strategic initiatives, and addressed personnel issues to help achieve organizational goals and objectives.

Akatu holds a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D. from the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. Prior to returning to Notre Dame, he worked as an attorney licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland for several years, most notably advising judges in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Baltimore County Circuit Court; counseling clients in private practice at Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. and serving as a Fellow in the State’s Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County, Maryland.

Concurrent with his duties as senior advisor, Akatu also serves as an instructor in the First Year of Studies, where he has been part of the inaugural Moreau First Year Experience since 2015. His work in the Moreau FYE focuses on helping new students make a meaningful transition to collegiate life at Notre Dame by integrating their academic, co-curricular and residential experiences.