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.


In the News: President Rob Vischer on the University of St. Thomas' Growth, Value Proposition and Catholic Mission

University of St. Thomas President Rob Vischer recently spoke with University Business for a story about the positive trajectory of the university and a wide range of other topics, including the role of the university's Catholic mission, and the importance of student experiences and social mobility for marginalized communities. From the story: Rob Vischer took…
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President Rob Vischer Joins National Panel on the 'Student-Centered College'

Dean Rob Vischer headshot.
University of St. Thomas President Rob Vischer recently joined the Chronicle of Higher Education alongside two Tommie students (Jordyn Lamker and Jalyn Hall) as well as fellow university presidents and administrators for a panel discussion focused on student-centered colleges and universities. The discussion, hosted by senior editor Alexander Kafka, delved into strategies to overcome enrollment…
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Seven New Members Join Board of Trustees

2023-24 New St Thomas Board of Trustees
The University of St. Thomas welcomed seven new members to its Board of Trustees on July 1. The new trustees are: Ashley R. Bailey-Chang '12; Kathlene Holmes Campbell, PhD; Mark Dienhart '75, PhD; David John '88; Robert D. Kelly, PhD; Bill Lentsch '96 MBA; and Anne Sempowski Ward. "Our new trustees are exceptional leaders in…
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President Vischer on Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

Dear colleagues, Today the Supreme Court ruled that admissions practices used by Harvard and the University of North Carolina violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution based on how an applicant's race is considered in the decisions. Last August, St. Thomas joined dozens of other Catholic colleges and universities in a brief submitted…
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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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