May 15, 2023 Inauguration Newsletter

Presidential Inauguration Special Edition

The St. Thomas community was joined by members of the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul community on Friday, May 12, to celebrate the inauguration of the 16th president of the University of St. Thomas: Robert K. Vischer.

Some joined in person in the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex for ceremony, others via livestream. In this special edition St. Thomas newsletter, we provide highlight to the day's events, in stories, video and photos. Find more information also on the official inauguration page, on social media and on the Newsroom.


Vischer on Inauguration Day: Grounded and Student-Focused

On stage during the formal ceremony to officially inaugurate him as St. Thomas' 16th president, Rob Vischer's phone kept buzzing in his pocket. Was it official university business? A pressing matter to which to attend? No – on the other line were some of Vischer's childhood friends who were tuned into the livestream of the…
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President Vischer Calls on St. Thomas Community to Be Courageous

As the new president of Minnesota's largest private university, Robert Vischer understands the seriousness of his role. But that didn't stop him from injecting some moments of levity at his investiture ceremony as the 16th president of the University of St. Thomas. Near the start of his address, he turned to his friends and family…
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Twin Cities Leaders Welcome Rob Vischer as 16th President of the University of St. Thomas

Rob Vischer, Amy Goldman, and Pat Ryan
In Robert K. Vischer's address during his May 12 inauguration as the 16th president of the University of St. Thomas, he thanked several people for attending. And several made remarks in person or by video congratulating him. Some of the ones the former dean of the School of Law acknowledged included Sen. Amy Klobuchar, St.…
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Inaugural Address of Robert K. Vischer

Archbishop Hebda, Senator Klobuchar, Mayor Carter, Chair Ryan, Chair-Elect Kozlak, President Emeritus Dease, President Sullivan, trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, students, friends and family: Thank you so much for being here today. I appreciate the help and encouragement this community has shared with me over the past months. It continues to energize me and inspires hope…
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Seen Around St. Thomas

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter speaks during the inauguration of President Vischer while Sen. Amy Klobuchar looks on. She also gave remarks on Friday. (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

In the News: KSTP-TV Speaks to Rob Vischer Regarding Inauguration

On Friday, May 12, Robert K. Vischer was inaugurated as the 16th president of the University of St. Thomas, after spending the past 18 years as a professor and dean of the School of Law. 5 Eyewitness News (KSTP-TV) recently spoke with Vischer about his vision for the university, some of the challenges facing higher…
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In the News: TommieMedia Covers Inauguration

Student reporters for TommieMedia covered the inauguration of President Vischer. In their post, Abby Madsen, Errol Mickelson and Gwynnevere Vang wrote, in part, how after his investiture, "Vischer went on to cite St. Thomas' namesake, Thomas Aquinas, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as inspirations for his vision of the university's future." (Photo by Errol Mickelson / TommieMedia)

Read the TommieMedia story.

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