Celt Innovation Competition

Fearless Celts!

In the spirit of building a fearless culture of positive change and to better serve our students and community, I would like to begin a process for investing in the innovative ideas of our exceptional Celt community (faculty and staff). In order to accelerate exciting new initiatives at our beloved University I am calling on you for help to identify dynamic, new opportunities that we could embrace to move us forward toward our collective vision. I am pleased to announce the Celt Innovation Competition (Celt’IC) to solicit, evaluate, and FUND new ideas.

While the full process and parameters can be found in this document, it is key to note that the deadline for submissions is November 1. While I know that is a quicker timeframe than some in higher education traditionally use, I have every confidence we can move expeditiously to capture the energy and enthusiasm that is so tangible within our community. In order to spur creativity and the collision of ideas in an interdisciplinary manner characteristic of our liberal arts and Catholic intellectual tradition, we are scheduling two brainstorming sessions with dates and times to be announced.

This is a moment to come together and leverage the gifts and abilities that abound in our Celt community. A moment to show the world what Houston’s Catholic University can do. In the 1920s, Saint Maximilian Kolbe used technology to build the largest Catholic media apostolate in human history from his humble home in Poland. I know that with the resources we have, the great minds of UST can achieve anything. I look forward to hearing your ideas, and to the ultimate results of the Celt Innovation Competition.

About the Author — Richard Ludwick

Richard 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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