There sure was a lot of Purple on the Plaza on Tommie Tuesday, and for good reason. More than 1,500 students, faculty and staff gathered in the lower quadrangle and on John P. Monahan Plaza over the noon hour to pay tribute to Father Dennis Dease, who will retire June 30 after 22 years as president of St. Thomas.
Dr. Julie Sullivan, executive vice president and provost of the University of San Diego, will become the first woman and the first lay person to serve as president of the University of St. Thomas in its 128-year history.
More than 1,700 St. Thomas faculty, staff and students have completed a survey that will assist Dr. Julie Sullivan, president-elect, with strategic planning efforts after she becomes the 15th president of St. Thomas on July 1.
Dr. Julie Sullivan, president-elect, is asking faculty, staff and students to complete a short survey that will assist her with strategic planning efforts. A link to the survey will be sent to St. Thomas email addresses on Tuesday, April 16.
The St. Thomas Board of Trustees elected Dr. Julie Sullivan, executive vice president and provost of the University of San Diego, as the first woman and the first lay person to serve as president of the University of St. Thomas in its 128-year history.
One evening, I noticed a framed photo of the late Vaclav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic. He’s standing next to a painting depicting a Gospel writer with an angel whispering in his ear. Havel, with a sheepish grin, is cupping his ear as if to eavesdrop for a little “inspiration.”
Five years ago, as St. Thomas announced its Opening Doors campaign, I reflected in a column about how my dad became the first person in his family to attend college. He had the misfortune of enrolling at St. Thomas in 1929, the first year of the Great Depression, and he could scrape together enough funds to stay for only two years.
Father Dennis Dease reflected on his 21 years as president of St. Thomas in his academic convocation address Tuesday afternoon in OEC auditorium. It was Dease’s final convocation speech, as he will retire next June 30.