Theresa Ricke-Kiely

About Dr. Ricke-Kiely

Dr. Theresa Ricke-Kiely, an academic and nonprofit practitioner, currently holds the esteemed position of Executive Director at the Center for the Common Good, University of St. Thomas. Her role entails steering initiatives for community engagement throughout the university and serving students, faculty, and staff under various departments such as Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and the Office for Mission.

Dr. Ricke-Kiely's extensive experience includes serving as the Executive Director of the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she was also an Associate Clinical Professor. She taught nonprofit and NGO leadership for the Keough School of Global Affairs and the Mendoza College of Business and continues to teach transformational and mindful leadership in for nonprofits and NGOs. She has also been a faculty member at the University of South Carolina (Spartanburg), where she directed the nonprofit major and minor as the inaugural director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership.

In her previous nonprofit career, she championed civil rights issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, oversaw 250 staff, and managed a multi-million dollar budget.

She also serves as an inaugural book review editor of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership and has contributed immensely to the growth of nonprofit organizations throughout her career. As an active member of different professional communities, including ARNOVA, ISTR, and ILA, Dr. Ricke-Kiely has published papers on nonprofit leadership in various national and international journals. She holds a BA from SUNY New Paltz, an MPA from Marist College and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Sarasota. Dr. Ricke-Kiely possesses a wealth of experience in managing and advising national and regional nonprofits. Her lifetime commitment to advocating for equity for all populations remains unwavering.