Generous gifts from members of the DePaul Board of Trustees have created an endowed chair in honor of the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., who stepped down from the presidency of DePaul in June and assumed the role of university chancellor. The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider Chair in Vincentian Studies solidifies the university’s place as the premier international center for the study of St. Vincent de Paul and the worldwide impact of the charism he created. Fr. Holtschneider promoted the ongoing integration of Vincentian and Catholic identity and values into the university’s mission during his presidency.
The Holtschneider chair will help develop the Vincentian studies curriculum within the Catholic studies department, extending DePaul’s Vincentian legacy to new generations of students. She or he will contribute to the Vincentian Studies Institute’s scholarship, programming, scholarly publications and international outreach. Finally, the scholar will continue his or her own Vincentian research and publications. The Rev. Edward Udovic, C.M. (LAS ’76), senior executive for university mission, secretary of the university and vice president for teaching and learning resources, says, “No other Vincentian university has such an endowed chair.”
The campaign to establish the chair was led by university Trustee Gerald Beeson (BUS ’94). Other members of the committee were Trustees Jim Jenness (BUS ’69, MBA ’71), Karen Atwood (MBA ’82) and Jack Greenberg (BUS ’64, JD ’68, DHL ’99). The campaign was begun with a $1 million gift from the Western Province of the Vincentians.
Over the past 20 years, DePaul has become the premier international center for Vincentian studies. During that time, DePaul’s Office of Mission and Values and its Vincentian Studies Institute have built unparalleled library, archives and special collections resources. The university has invested heavily in these efforts. The Holtschneider chair will help shape DePaul’s leadership in Vincentian studies for decades to come.