President and Vice Presidents


The University of St. Thomas is fortunate to have a strong group of individuals leading our University.

Dr. Robert Ivany, President
Dr. Dominic A. Aquila, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Elizabeth S. Condic, Vice President for Finance
Cynthia Colbert Riley, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Gary McCormack, Vice President for Planning and Technology and Special Assistant to the President
Patricia McKinley, Vice President for Student Affairs
Arthur Ortiz, Interim Vice President for Marketing Communications and Enrollment Management


Dr. Robert Ivany

Dr. Robert Ivany, President

In 2004, Dr. Robert Ivany became the eighth president of the University of St. Thomas. Prior to his retirement from the Army with the rank of Major General, Ivany presided over one of the nation’s most respected institutions for the education of strategic leaders: the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.  Serving as the commandant of the War College, capped Ivany’s 34 year career in the Army. During his various commands as an armored cavalry officer, he led soldiers in the United States, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the Federal Republic of Germany and Vietnam where he was wounded in action and decorated for valor. Ivany also served in a number of unique positions including the Army Aide to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986.

Ivany will complete his tenure as president in July 2017. While at St. Thomas he established a new intercollegiate athletics program, re-opened the Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing, doubled the University endowment and raised $133 million for the University’s Faith in Our Future: The Campaign for the University of St. Thomas. 

Ivany serves on the Board of Directors for the International Council of the Universities of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Red River Athletic Conference and is the past chairman of the Board for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas.

In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, he received a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.


  • B.S., U.S. Military Academy
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, History


Dr. Dominic A. Aquila
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Dominic A. Aquila, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Dominic Aquila has 32 years of experience in public and private higher education. Aquila is also a Trustee of the American Academy of Liberal Education, the Crossroads Cultural Center, a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Chief Academic Officer and Chief Financial Office Task Force, and the Children at Risk Institute.

His areas of research and expertise include music and culture, Catholicism and American culture, and higher education administration. He can also speak on American and European History.


  • B.M., The Juilliard School, Percussion and Composition
  • M.B.A., New York University, Marketing and Management
  • D. Litt et Phil., The University of South Africa, History


Elizabeth S. Condic
Vice President for Finance

Elizabeth S. Condic, Vice President for Finance

Elizabeth S. Condi, CPA, is responsible for directing and assessing organizational financial performance and initiatives to ensure the University’s financial strength and growth are aligned with its stated strategic objectives. The position provides both operational and programmatic support to all functional and academic areas of the University. The position has executive supervision of all finance-related activities and functions including the Business Office, human resources, risk management, property acquisition and disposition, real estate management and legal affairs.

Condic held the position of vice president of Financial Affairs at University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, since 2012. U-Mary is a private, Catholic liberal arts based school founded by the Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation.  She completed the Institute for Educational Management program at Harvard University in 2013.


  • B.S., University of Houston/Clear Lake, Finance
  • M.S., University of Houston/Clear Lake, Accounting


Cynthia Colbert Riley
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Cynthia Colbert Riley, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Cynthia Colbert Riley leads the University’s fundraising and alumni relations efforts. She has more than 24 years of experience in institutional leadership in healthcare, higher education and public broadcasting institutions. She served for five years as the capital campaign coordinator during the University’s first modern capital campaign in the 1990s.

Most recently, Riley served as the interim executive director and vice president for development at The Methodist Hospital Foundation in Houston. There, she led fundraising efforts for The Methodist Hospital System, including organizing the hospital’s first strategic fundraising campaign and supporting the planning and development of its ongoing capital campaign. Riley also worked as the senior director of development at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine. Riley was named the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Professional award, given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Houston Chapter.  She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has previously served on the Greater Houston Chapter Board of Directors.


  • B.F.A., Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Communication
  • M.L.A., University of St. Thomas


Gary McCormack
Vice President for Planning and Technology and Special Assistant to the President

Gary McCormack, Vice President for Planning and Technology and Special Assistant to the President Gary McCormack joined University of St. Thomas in March of 1999 as the vice president for Information Technology. He assumed additional responsibilities as special assistant to the president in April 2005. In July 2011, he became vice president for Planning and Technology. Over his 36-year career in higher education, McCormack has held a variety of administrative roles. McCormack has lived in the Houston area since 1975.


  • B.A., University of South Alabama
  • M.B.A., University of Houston


Patricia McKinley
Vice President for Student Affairs

Patricia McKinley, Vice President for Student AffairsPatricia McKinley is responsible for the non-academic student experience at University of St. Thomas. McKinley came to the University in 1992 as the associate director of Counseling, Testing and Career Services. In 1998, she was promoted to director of the Career Services and Testing Center and, in 2006, became the dean of students.

Previously, McKinley served as the counselor for the Women in Transition Program at Houston Community College providing career and personal counseling and academic advising to re-entry college women. She has also taught American and world history in public high schools. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds public education certifications in counseling and social studies.


  • B.A., History and Political Science
  • M.Ed., University of Houston, Counseling Psychology


Arthur Ortiz
Interim Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment Management.

Interim Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment Management

Arthur Ortiz, Interim Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment Management., has worked in the University of St. Thomas Admissions Office since March of 1999. The Basilian Fathers, the founders of UST, ran the parish Ortiz grew up in, and they continue to be influential in his life. During his tenure at the University, Ortiz has overseen Catholic and home-schooled student recruitment. He enjoys keeping up with admissions trends in higher education and has presented on various topics at several state and national conferences. Arthur is a graduate of the University of Houston–Clear Lake.


  • B.S., University of Houston–Clear Lake, Psychology/Mathematics minor