St. Thomas president Father Dennis Dease announces June 2013 retirement

Friday, May 11, 2012

Father Dennis Dease, president of the University of St. Thomas since 1991, has announced that he will retire on June 30, 2013, upon the completion of his 22nd year in office.

“The timing for my retirement next year will be right for a number of reasons,” said Dease. “We will complete our $500 million Opening Doors capital campaign this October, and our preparation for our decennial accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association will conclude next year. Also, I will turn 70 next May, and I have other interests I would like to pursue.”

In addition to post-presidential St. Thomas responsibilities that Dease and the board will determine over the next year, he plans to continue his work with health-care projects in Uganda, with projects  related to Armenian culture and education, and work with the University of Havana in Cuba. He will have an office in the university’s St. Paul campus.

Dease became the 14th president of St. Thomas on July 1, 1991, and is the second-longest-tenured president in St. Thomas’ 127-year history. His predecessor, Monsignor Terrence Murphy, held the office for 25 years.

Trustee John M. Morrison will chair the search committee for Dease’s successor. The committee of nine trustees, three faculty members and one staff member will be appointed by early June. The university’s bylaws allow only a Roman Catholic – priest, religious or lay person – to serve as president. All 14 presidents of St. Thomas have been priests.

For more information, including a summary of Father Dease's many accomplishments as president, see the UST Bulletin.

University of St. Thomas Press Release, 05/11/2012