Father Charles L. O'Donnell was the 12th president of the University of Notre Dame. Although he was born in Greenfield, Indiana, on Nov. 15, 1884, his family moved to Kokomo at the time he was about to enter school. He was the youngest of six children.
As a lad, O'Donnell attended St. Patrick Church and was a student at St. Patrick School, under the care of the Sisters of St. Joseph. When it came time for college, he attended the University of Notre Dame starting in the fall of 1902. He studied at Holy Cross Seminary at Notre Dame and was ordained a priest on June 24, 1910.