Father Dennis Dease, president since 1991, has announced that he will retire on June 30, 2013, after 22 years in office. His retirement will follow the completion of the Opening Doors capital campaign and the university’s self-study in preparation for its decennial accreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission.
In addition to post-presidential St. Thomas responsibilities that Father 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 with educational ventures at the University of Havana in Cuba. He is expected to maintain an office on the university’s St. Paul campus.
Father Dease became the 14th president of St. Thomas on July 1, 1991, and is the second-longest tenured president in the 127-year history of St. Thomas. His predecessor, Monsignor Terrence Murphy, held the office for 25 years.