Breyan Tornifolio

Director of Residential Life: Rector Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention

Beginning in 2017, Breyan is responsible for supervising and supporting the work of 8-10 undergraduate residence hall rectors in their primary roles of pastoral leader, chief administrator, community builder, and University resource. Likewise, she will serve as a member of the Residential Life leadership team, responsible for facilitating communication between rectors and various campus partners and for staffing the emergency on-call line for the Division of Student Affairs. As a distinctive member of the leadership team, Breyan will oversee a functional area of expertise aimed at rector recruitment, hiring, and retention, which is absolutely critical for preserving Notre Dame’s distinctive residential life, mission, and legacy.

Breyan brings over 10 years of progressive leadership experience at the University to this role. She served as Rector of Pasquerilla East Hall (2006-2009) and as the inaugural Rector of Ryan Hall (2009-2013). Subsequently, she was chosen from the Division of Student Affairs to join the University’s Leadership Rotational Program wherein she worked for the Office of Continuous Improvement, Athletics, and Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, during which time she also earned Green Belt certification and project management certification. She successively worked for University Relations as Associate Director for Student Philanthropy and concurrently acted as special events coordinator for the President. She most recently worked in the Office of the President collaborating with University partners to plan, coordinate, and execute a variety of projects and campus-wide events such as ND Forum and Walk the Walk Week.

During her tenure at Notre Dame, Breyan has served as an instructor for both Diversity Education and the Moreau First Year Experience course as well as a member of the President’s Committee for Cultural Diversity. Breyan received her bachelor's in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University and master's in Higher Education from Geneva College.