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President’s Letter


Dear Friends,

Great things are happening at the University of St. Thomas, and even Greater Things are yet to come! Last year was a celebration of our phenomenal 75-year history, and this year marks the beginning of the next big chapter for our Celt family. 

What will that chapter include? That’s what we asked our community last year, and the answer is now taking shape. All across campus, promise is quickly turning to progress as plans develop and are put into action. Will there be new programs and new buildings? Yes! Our community has envisioned a new residence hall and an expansion of the Doherty Library among many other projects. Will there be more students? Yes! UST is poised to welcome another record-breaking class this fall. The word is out in Houston, and now we are looking further out onto the horizon. A national recruiting campaign will lead up to the opening of our new residence hall, designed to attract students who are drawn to our Catholic mission and want to be part of something bigger. 

In this edition of Encounter, you will read about the amazing ways our students and graduates are changing the world. Greater Things are happening because UST is a place of great purpose, which people want to take part in. I encourage you to reach out and share what you or your fellow alumni and friends are doing with purpose. Maybe it will be featured in the next edition of Encounter! 

Crescamus in Christo, 

Richard Ludwick
President, University of St. Thomas

About the Author — Dr. Richard Ludwick

AvatarRichard L. Ludwick became the 9th president of the University of St. Thomas on July 1, 2017. He previously served as president of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the nation’s oldest association of 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities enrolling more than 100,000 students. In that capacity, he led strategic initiatives in public policy at the state and federal levels, spurred innovative, intercollegiate collaborations, and successfully executed multi-million dollar philanthropic campaigns.

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