President Inauguration 2023 Ceremony Program


May 12, 2023


As the largest private university in Minnesota and one of the largest Catholic universities in the nation, St. Thomas develops future leaders of all faiths looking to make a positive impact on the world. The University was founded in 1885 to provide higher education for a rapidly growing immigrant community. Today it serves about 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, representing 41 states and 92 countries, on three campuses located in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Rome. Eight schools and colleges offer over 150 undergraduate majors and minors and over 55 graduate degree programs. St. Thomas benefits from a strong legacy; a talented and devoted community of faculty, staff and students; a large and powerful network of over 115,000 alumni; a dedicated and generous board of trustees; strong philanthropic support; and an aspiration to ensure that every student experiences a strong sense of belonging. St. Thomas collaborates with community partners, Fortune 500 companies and its alumni to connect students with internships and full-time jobs. One hundred percent of classes are taught by faculty and 97% of graduates are employed or in graduate school within one year. The University opened a new Morrison Family College of Health in 2019, has a strong fundraising campaign underway, will soon open a state-of- the-art Schoenecker Center for STEAM education, and transitioned to Division I from Division III athletics in 2021. The University welcomes Rob Vischer to build upon the strong assets of this outstanding institution and lead it to even greater impact and reach.


Rob Vischer was named the 16th President of the University of St. Thomas on January 1, 2023, after a nationwide search and having served as interim president for the previous seven months. In nearly 10 years as dean of the St. Thomas School of Law, Vischer helped leverage the law school’s mission to achieve critical objectives in student success and community impact. Over the course of his deanship, the law school dramatically improved employment outcomes for its graduates, built a global student body by establishing partnerships with law schools in more than a dozen countries, redoubled its commitment to whole- person professional formation, maintained its top-25 ranking for scholarly impact, and made racial justice core to its mission. Vischer was an inaugural Minnesota Lawyer Diversity and Inclusion Award recipient for his contributions to the advancement of equity in the practice of law. Before becoming the Dean of the St. Thomas School of Law, Vischer was associated with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, where he practiced corporate litigation. He clerked for three federal judges: Judge David Ebel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Joan Gottschall of the Northern District of Illinois, and Judge John Wiese of the Court of Federal Claims. He received his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of New Orleans, and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.


PRELUDE X – Daniel Montoya, Jr. Symphonic Wind Ensemble Matthew George, Conductor

CONVENING OF THE PROCESSION Wendy Wyatt, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

PROCESSIONAL Crown Imperial – William Walton

ORDER OF THE ACADEMIC PROCESSION Eddy Rojas, Executive Vice Preside nt and Provost ROTC Color Guard International Flag Bearers Student Representatives Alumni Representatives Staff Council Representatives Delegates of Colleges and Universities Faculty and Academic Leaders of the University College of Arts and Sciences Dougherty Family College Morrison Family College of Health Opus College of Business and Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

School of Divinity School of Education School of Engineering School of Law President’s Cabinet Presidential Platform Party Board of Trustees President

CONVENING OF THE CEREMONY Jodee Kozlak ’85, Incoming Chair of the Board of Trustees

Paola Ehrmantraut, Chair of the Faculty Senate

NATIONAL ANTHEM Kori-Ann Hermitt ’24

INVOCATION Fr. Christopher Collins, SJ ’93, Vice President for Mission

VIDEO GREETING Penny Wheeler, St. Thomas Trustee, former CEO, Allina Health

Andrew Cecere ’82, St. Thomas Trustee, Chairman, President and CEO, U.S. Bancorp

Christophe Beck, Chairman and CEO, Ecolab


PURSUIT OF TRUTH Thomas Berg, James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Kevin Green ’23, Student Body President, School of Law

FAITH AND REASON Fr. Jonathan Kelly ’11, Rector, Saint John Vianney College Seminary

DIGNITY Patricia Conde-Brooks ’20 Ed.D. Executive Director of Student Engagement and Inclusion

DIVERSITY Michael Goar, CEO, Catholic Charities

PERSONAL ATTENTION Angelica Franaschouk ’23, Undergraduate Student Body President

GRATITUDE Nancy Peterson ’85, ’05 M.B.A., Alumni Representative to Board of Trustees

VIDEO GREETING Governor Tim Walz

U.S. Representative Betty McCollum

Mayor Jacob Frey, Minneapolis

MUSICAL INTERLUDE “O Bless the Lord My Soul” The University of St. Thomas Chamber Singers Albert Pinsonneault, conductor Mindy Eschedor, piano

VIDEO GREETING Fr. Dennis Dease, President Emeritus

Julie H. Sullivan, President Emerita

INTRODUCTION OF THE PRESIDENT Amy R. Goldman Vice Chair, University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees Chair, Presidential Search Committee INVESTITURE OF THE PRESIDENT Patrick G. Ryan Chair, University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees



Rev. Neil Ellingson, Associate Chaplain, Protestant Faiths

Sadaf Rauf Shier, PhD., Associate Chaplain, Muslim Faith

Bishop Joseph A. Williams ’02

MUSICAL CLOSING “I Sing Because I’m Happy”

RECESSIONAL Exultate – Samuel Hazo


PURSUIT OF TRUTH We value intellectual inquiry as a lifelong habit, the unfettered and impartial pursuit of truth in all its forms, the integration of knowledge across disciplines, and the imaginative and creative exploration of new ideas. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE We create a culture among faculty, students and staff that recognizes the power of ideas and rewards rigorous thinking. FAITH AND REASON We actively engage Catholic intellectual tradition, which values the fundamental compatibility of faith and reason and fosters meaningful dialogue directed toward the flourishing of human culture.

DIGNITY We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to the greater mosaic of the university community. DIVERSITY We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society. PERSONAL ATTENTION We foster a caring culture that supports the well- being of each member. GRATITUDE We celebrate the achievements of all members of our community in goals attained and obstacles overcome, and in all things give praise to God.

PRESIDENTS AND RECTORS OF ST. THOMAS 1885 – 1887 Fr. Thomas O’Gorman 1887 – 1888 Fr. Edward F. X. McSweeney 1888 – 1892 Fr. James J. Keane 1892 – 1899 Msgr. James C. Byrne 1899 – 1903 Msgr. John F. Dolphin 1903 – 1921 Msgr. Humphrey Moynihan 1921 – 1927 Msgr. Thomas E. Cullen 1927 – 1928 Msgr. John P. Foley 1928 – 1933 Msgr. Matthew A. Schumacher 1933 – 1943 Msgr. James H. Moynihan 1944 – 1956 Msgr. Vincent J. Flynn 1956 – 1966 Msgr. James P. Shannon 1966 – 1991 Msgr. Terrence J. Murphy 1991 – 2013 Fr. Dennis J. Dease 2013 – 2022 Julie H. Sullivan 2022 – Robert K. Vischer


THE UNIVERSITY SEAL The chain of office medallion, presented to the incoming president during the investiture, includes the university seal. The seal includes the coat of arms of St. Thomas, incorporating several symbols:

- A shield in the school colors of purple and gray, divided into quarters by a silver cross. - A rayonnant of the sun standing for the school’s patron, St. Thomas Aquinas. - Blue and silvery waves representing Minnesota (‘sky-tinted water’ in the Dakota language), a sword representing the Archdiocese’s namesake, Saint Paul, and two crosses representing the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. - An open book (the symbol of wisdom) with the words “Non Aliam Nisi Te” written on its pages. The phrase refers to a story about a vision seen by St. Thomas Aquinas. Standing at the foot of the cross, Jesus says to him, “You have written well of me. What would you like as your reward?” St. Thomas answers him with the phrase, “Non Aliam Nisi Te” or “None other than you, Lord.” PRESIDENTIAL MACE The mace will be held by Executive Vice President and Provost Eddy Rojas, leading the procession, and will be presented to the president during the investiture. It is sculpted in bronze and decorated with recurring depictions of the seal of the university and the Latin cross. The stem is engraved with the names of all the presidents of the institution.


Patrick G. Ryan ’75, Board Chair Chairman, Ryan Companies US, Inc. Amy R. Goldman, Board Vice Chair CEO and Chair, GHR Foundation John N. Allen Chief Executive Officer, Industrial Equities, LLP Katharine Anderson Groethe President, KG North American Import & Distribution Lisa S. Anderson ’83 Schoeneckers Foundation Archie C. Black Chief Executive Officer, SPS Commerce Andrew J. Cecere ’82 Chairman, President & CEO, U.S. Bancorp Michael V. Ciresi ’68 Founding Partner, Ciresi Conlin LLP Reverend Dennis J. Dease ’72 President Emeritus, University of St. Thomas Michael E. Dougherty ’66 Chairman, Dougherty Financial Group LLC Andrew S. Duff Retired Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Piper Sandler

Timothy P. Flynn ’79 Former Chairman (Retired),

KPMG International Carol Frey Wolfe ’83 Director, Frey Foundation Board Geoffrey C. Gage ’97 President & Owner, Geoffrey Carlson Gage Branding and Communications James P. Gearen ’83 President, Gearen Holdings Inc. Sr. Mary M. Haddad ’08 President & Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Health Association Hubbard Radio David Juran ’88 President & CEO, Colliers Mortgage Holdings Paul L. Karon ’85 Former CEO & Chairman, Benfield, Inc. James P. Kolar ’84 Virginia Hubbard Morris ’85 Chair & Chief Executive Officer, Former PWC Board Member and Central Market Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Jodeen A. Kozlak ’85 Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Kozlak Capital Partners, LLC Reverend Edward A. Malloy President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame Reverend John M. Malone ’67 Pastor Emeritus, Church of the Assumption John M. Morrison Chairman, Central Financial Services, Inc. Stephen P. Nachtsheim ’67 Former Director & Past Chairman, Deluxe Corporation Rory J. O’Neill ’86 CEO & Managing Partner, Castlelake, L.P. Nancy A. Peterson ’85, ’05 CEO, Display Sales Debbra L. Schoneman ’96 President & Managing Director, Piper Sandler

Philip E. Soran Former CEO, Compellent Technologies Robert K. Vischer President, University of St. Thomas Brian D. Wenger Founder, CEO, Radius Living Penny A. Wheeler, MD Former CEO, Allina Health Ann L. Winblad ’75 Former Managing Director and Founding Partner, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners The Honorable Wilhelmina M. Wright U.S. District Judge, District of Minnesota Mark A. Zesbaugh ’86 President, Entrepreneurial 180

TRUSTEES EMERITI Lee R. Anderson Sr. Eugene U. Frey Charles A. Haggerty Harry A. Hammerly Harry G. McNeely Jr.

Alvin E. McQuinn Richard M. Schulze

PRESIDENT’S CABINET Kathy Arnold, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer Jim Brummer, Vice President of Facilities Management Fr. Christopher Collins, SJ ’93, Vice President for Mission Omar Correa, Vice President of Strategic Enrollment Management Abigail Crouse, General Counsel

Sonali Dalal, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer Laura Dunham, Dean of the Opus College of Business Paola Ehrmantraut, Chair of the Faculty Phil Esten, Vice President and Director of Athletics MayKao Hang, Vice President and Founding Dean, Morrison College of Health Kevin Henderson, Chair Elect of the Faculty Karen Julian ’94, ’98, CIO and VP for Innovation & Technology Services Karen Lange, Vice President for Student Affairs Amy McDonough ’93, Chief of Staff Joel Nichols, Interim Dean of the School of Law

Eddy Rojas, Executive Vice President and Provost Amy Smith, Interim Dean of the School of Education Buffy Smith, Dean of the Dougherty Family College Fr. Joseph Taphorn, Rector and Vice President of The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity Chris Thompson, Dean of The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity Erik Thurman, Vice President of University Advancement William Tolman, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Mark Vangsgard, Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer Don Weinkauf, Dean of the School of Engineering Yohuru Williams, Founding Director, Racial Justice Initiative Wendy Wyatt, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Kha Yang, Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

FACULTY LEADERSHIP Paola Ehrmantraut, Chair of the Faculty Kevin Henderson, Chair Elect of the Faculty Paul Mellick, Past Chair of the Faculty Agapitos Papagapitos, Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee Joan Williams, Chair of the Adjunct Faculty Council

STAFF COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Laura E. Bru, Academic Affairs Sarah Larson, Innovation and Technology Services Shane M. Philhower, Facilities Services John R. Kinsella, Innovation and Technology Services

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GOVERNMENT Angelica Franaschouk ’23, President

Dylan Monahan ’23 Cam Kauffman ’23 Ben Hackett ’23 Cesar Osvaldo Mendez Portillo ’23 Kathyrn Nguyen ’24

Jarret Helmer ’23 Elyse Zeswitz ’23

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, ALUMNI ADVISORY BOARD Ashley Bailey-Chang ’12, President Phil Bastron ’09 Heidi Berglund ’92 Daniel Byrne ’87 Nicolas Kolnik ’02 Barry Lau ’93 Nancy Peterson ’85, ’05


Fr. Larry Blake, Office of Mission Nichole Boehmke, Facilities Services

Kara Bradshaw ’11, University Advancement Fr. Christopher Collins, SJ ’93, Office of Mission Jessica Elhard, University Advancement Brad Jacobsen ’86, Marketing, Insights & Communications Jane Jackelen, University Advancement Amanda Jamison, University Advancement Brett Johnson, University Advancement Karen Julian ’94, ’98, Innovation and Technology Services Tim Lewis, Academic Affairs Carrie Mahto, Office of the General Counsel Karyn McCoy, Alumni, Career & Corporate Engagement Amy McDonough ’93, President’s Office Erica Oswald, President’s Office Jessica Reagan, Student Affairs Paloma Riehm, Academic Affairs Kelli Steidle, Marketing, Insights & Communications Erin Whipkey, Student Affairs Carol Wilkie, University Advancement Andy Ybarra, Marketing, Insights & Communications Liz Zupfer ’91, University Advancement

Delegates of Colleges, Universities and Educational Associations Name, Institution Represented, Year Founded Neil Ellingson, Harvard University, 1636 Robert Worthington, Dickinson College, 1783 Drew Remick, University of Notre Dame, 1842 Carolee Dodge Francis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1848

Julie Sullivan, Santa Clara University, 1851 Jinger Gustafson, Hamline University, 1854 Carol Bruess, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, 1857 (SJU) and 1913 (CSB) Matthew Hirman, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1862 Father Casey Beaumier, Boston College, 1863 Carla Thomas, Carleton College, 1866 Timothy Berry, Minnesota State University Mankato, 1868

Paul Pribbenow, Augsburg University, 1869 Andrew Rowell, Bethel University, 1871 Aaron Sackett, St. Olaf College, 1874 Ofelia Ponce, Duquesne University, 1878 Marc Wallman, North Dakota State University, 1890 Marlene De La Cruz-Guzman, PhD, Viterbo University, 1890

Eric Johnson, Concordia College, 1891 Kevin Hall, Concordia University, 1893 Christopher Thompson and Brandon Wanless, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, 1894 Robert Kelly, University of Portland, 1901 Corbin Hoornbeek, University of Northwestern – St. Paul, 1902 Jean Wincek, CSJ, St. Catherine University, 1905 James Burns, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 1912 Susannah Smith, Fairfield University, 1942 Paul Cerkvenik, Minnesota Private College Council, 1948 Andrew Schindler, University of Mary, 1959 Reverend Jonathan Kelly, Saint John Vianney College Seminary, 1968

Delegate List as of May 8, 2023

“Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.” St. Thomas Mission Statement Our mission has never mattered more to the world than it does today, and I pledge to be a faithful steward of that mission. Thank you to my family and friends, the Board of Trustees, delegates from other colleges and universities, business and community leaders, my faculty and staff colleagues, students, alumni, benefactors, and other guests who have come from far and wide to be here today. Your presence is a powerful encouragement to me. With warm regard,

Robert K. Vischer

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