The word “unprecedented” became ubiquitous during the past year. As we emerge from the pandemic, St. Thomas is at a distinct point in our history. We have an unprecedented opportunity to accomplish significant initiatives that build upon our strengths, leverage new opportunities, and will distinguish us among the national leaders in Catholic higher education.
As we move forward with extending our footprint in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education, as we expand pathways for a diverse student body and tomorrow’s educators, as our student-athletes head into their first season as Division I competitors, and as we build stronger connections with community partners to further our Catholic mission and advance racial justice, we will expand our geographic reach and grow our impact and reputation in our community and beyond.
New faces at St. Thomas will help lead us on this journey. Dr. Eddy Rojas joins us as our new executive vice president and provost and brings a multidisciplinary background and success as an academic leader and lifelong learner. Our new vice president and chief human resources officer, Kathy Arnold, will help us nourish and sustain a mission-oriented culture and retain, develop, and attract strong talent. Additionally, Father Chris Collins, our new vice president for mission, is enthusiastic about connecting all Tommies to our Catholic mission in ways that lead to their own personal growth and development and to a greater commitment to service to others and their communities.
St. Thomas has always pursued excellence, and today is no different. Our bold aspirations will require the hard work and tenacity of our staff and faculty, as well as the generosity of our donors and alumni. Thus, we recently kicked off a comprehensive capital campaign. The campaign will inspire each member of our community, as well as new friends and collaborators, to enlist as ambassadors and to engage in our work of making a broader impact on the world and advancing the common good in deep and relevant ways.
I am excited about the ways that we are sustaining our rich past, while also propelling St. Thomas forward as a national leader in tackling society’s challenges in our community and well beyond. I hope you will join in our excitement and take part in our work to enhance our common good impact on the world.