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 and Justice Alan Page Discuss Polarization at St. Thomas Finding Forward Event

The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder recently covered University of St. Thomas President Rob Vischer's conversation with Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page about political polarization and its impacts on all facets of society during the university's Finding Forward event on March 14. From the story: In the latest edition of their Finding Forward series, University of…
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Alan Page Discusses How Civil Discourse Could Lead to Civil Re-engagement

Rob Vischer and Justice Alan Page.
Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page Discussed Polarization and Civic Duty at University of St. Thomas Finding Forward Event At a time when winning at all costs is celebrated and scoring points on opponents seems to be the main goal of many public figures, Alan Page might seem like a throwback, with his focus…
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In the News: President Rob Vischer on the Importance of Financial Aid Parity in Higher Ed

University of St. Thomas President Rob Vischer recently spoke with the Star Tribune about state-funded financial aid for low-income families, and the importance of extending that support to not limit options for students. Vischer joined St. Thomas students during a recent visit with legislators at the Minnesota Capitol to advocate for the proposed Promise Equalization…
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President Vischer Shares Message About Voting Rights

President Rob Vischer speaks at Voting Rights Symposium
University of St. Thomas President Rob Vischer gave the following remarks to attendees of the "Symposium on Voting Rights: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future" that was held on the St. Thomas campus on Feb. 1, kicking off Black History Month. This year, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and as…
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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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