We have often thought of ourselves as a small light. The University of St. Thomas is a light, yes, but it is not small. That is not our destiny.
Dr. Richard Ludwick President, University of St. Thomas
Dr. Ludwick became the ninth president of the University of St. Thomas on July 1, 2017.
In his inauguration speech, he noted “Ours is an open university that welcomes people of all faith and people of no faith. It is because we are Catholic that we must reach out to others of goodwill. We will be leaders in our location, the greater Houston area, and we will be leaders beyond."
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You were made for greatness and have all kinds of talent and potential! No matter where you are in your journey, St. Thomas’ unique mix of friendliness, innovation and Catholic intellectual tradition will help you bring your special gifts to full flourish. As a member of our Celt community, for a day visit or a lifetime, you will feel what it is like to Be Your Bold Self! Each Celt builds special bonds with others through an intense formation that readies and rallies us together. As a Celt, you will take on the world for positive change today and help shape its tomorrow.
The best way to see yourself here is to be here. Come visit us! Our campus is stunningly beautiful because of our people. You will fit right in – everybody does. The physical campus is gorgeous. Architects from around the globe visit UST’s award-winning academic quad and Chapel of St. Basil. You might even meet one when you are here.
Do not let our location – quiet, beautiful, residential, and just next door to the Museum District – fool you. Our immediate neighborhood is full of the hottest restaurants, cafes, and popups anywhere. Campus is alive with activity: daily liturgies, NCAA athletics, theatre, concerts, lectures. And always remember Wonderful Wednesdays! (Yes, that is a thing.) Do not forget, you have Houston just off campus. The new Innovation Corridor is becoming part of campus.
You know a university experience is more than just getting a degree. It is a way you determine who you will be. It helps you do what you want to do. As a Celt alumnus/alumna, you can go anywhere and do anything. The difference is that by choosing to Be Your Bold Self, you will know and feel what it is like to be connected to the rest of our human family in a way that transcends the skills you learn, the degrees you earn and the work you do. Crescamus in Christo!
With hope and joy,
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Crescamus In Christo! As we once again set our gaze toward the future and share in a strategic visioning process, our motto serves as an inspiration, reminding us to grow together in Christ.
Years ago, this community embarked on a journey known as The Call Toward Tomorrow. Since that journey began, our enrollments have risen to nearly 4,000 students, we have added dozens of new innovative and mission-driven programs, secured our financial future and strengthened our Catholicity. Now it is time to dream again, building on the foundation we poured together.
Over recent weeks, faculty, staff, students and alumni have come together to begin imagining our shared future. As the process continues, facilitated by our friends at Phillips and Company, I invite you to get involved. If you were unable to attend one of the sessions, or have additional ideas to contribute, please submit them in the field below. This community is on a mission, and your contributions to that mission are changing lives for the better every day.
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Richard L. Ludwick, JD, DEd
Richard L. Ludwick became the 9th president of the University of St. Thomas on July 1, 2017. He previously served as president of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the nation’s oldest association of 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities enrolling more than 100,000 students. In that capacity, he led strategic initiatives in public policy at the state and federal levels, spurred innovative, intercollegiate collaborations, and successfully executed multi-million dollar philanthropic campaigns.
Richard served as provost at St. Gregory’s University in Oklahoma before joining ICI. Early in his career, Richard co-founded a law firm in Indiana and later went on to serve institutions of higher learning across the United States, including positions as vice president of enrollment management and student affairs at Albany Law School (Albany, NY); assistant dean for student and academic affairs at the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law (Gainesville); and dean of students at the University of Oregon School of Law (Eugene).
In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Evansville, Richard holds a Master of Arts in higher education administration from Teachers College of Columbia University (New York), Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney Law School, and Doctor of Education in policy management and organization of higher education administration from the University of Oregon (Eugene).
Currently, Richard serves as chair of Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), and as a member of the Texas Medical Center Advisory Board. Richard served as president of the International Council of the Universities of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a global network of institutions dedicated to the spirit of St. Thomas. He also served as a commissioner for the Midwest Higher Education Compact; chair of the board for the Coalition for College Cost Savings; as a member of the Indiana Chamber’s Business Higher Education Policy Committee; and as a member of the State Councils’ Advisory Committee for the Council of Independent Colleges.
Richard and his wife, Melynda, a pharmacist, have two grown children, Richard III, also a graduate of the University of Evansville, and Christianne, a graduate of Ave Maria University and Butler University respectively. Christianne and husband, Michael Fenzl, have four children, Gabriel, Pia, Benedict and Nina.
- B.A., University of Evansville, History
- M.A., Teachers College of Columbia University - New York, Higher Education Administration
- J.D., Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney Law School
- D.Ed., University of Oregon - Eugene, Policy Management and Organization of Higher Education Administration
Link-Lee Mansion has belonged to the University of St. Thomas since our founding in 1947. In the University's infancy, it provided space for all functions.
The first floor housed the library, registrar's office and student reading room (pictured). The second floor featured a small chapel, classrooms and offices. The third floor was used for women's physical education and student dances.
Today, the mansion houses administrative offices, hosts special events and remains an integral part of the University's vibrant culture.
Now more than 100 years old, Link-Lee Mansion also remains an iconic symbol of the University and one of Houston's true architectural masterpieces. In 2001, it was honored as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.
A restoration and renovation effort is underway to repair damage to the facility and preserve it for generations to come.
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Dr. Richard L. Ludwick The Power of Opt-In
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