Dennis H. Holtschneider

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Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider
11th President of DePaul University
Term 2004 – present
Predecessor Rev. John P. Minogue
Born (1962-01-14) January 14, 1962 (age 52)
Detroit, Michigan
Alma mater Niagara University, Harvard University
Religion Roman Catholic

The Reverend Fr. Dennis H. Holtschneider (born January 14, 1962) is the president of DePaul University in Chicago, United States. He was chosen by the Board of Trustees as the university's president in spring 2004 and took office in July 2004.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, he is a 1987 graduate of Niagara University with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and is a member of the Congregation of the Mission, an order of Catholic priests founded by St. Vincent de Paul and commonly referred to as Vincentians. He received a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University.

Holtschneider was a professor and associate dean at St. John's University for several years. St. John's, Niagara, and DePaul are all universities in the Vincentian tradition. His academic background is in the relationship between Catholic universities and the lay sector and the administration of Catholic universities. Holtschneider has led national studies in these areas.

He is a member of the advisory board of the American Council on Education and the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. Holtschneider was appointed by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley to the Mayor's Chicago 2016 Evaluation Committee, which was at the time preparing a bid for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. The International Olympic Committee has since chosen Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as the host site for the thirty-first Olympiad.

Holtschneider served for several years as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Niagara University. While at Niagara, Holtschneider was active with community organizations in Niagara Falls and Niagara County. He served also as Clinical Associate Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo.

In 2007, Holtschneider affirmed a 4-3 vote by DePaul University's Board on Promotion and Tenure (a faculty board) denying tenure to controversial political scientist Norman Finkelstein. [1] Holtschneider was criticized by individuals and external organizations, including the DePaul Academic Freedom Committee [2] and the American Association of University Professors, for not overturning the faculty board's decision. Finkelstein and the university subsequently negotiated an agreement that included placing Finkelstein on administrative leave for the 2007–2008 academic year, the remainder of his contract with DePaul. [3]

In 2010, Holtschneider again came under fire due to the denial of tenure to 6 minority professors at DePaul. Despite the fact that all white candidates for tenure during that year were approved, Holtschneider has consistently denied that race placed any role during the tenure process. In fall of 2010, 19.5 percent of DePaul's full-time faculty members were people of color.

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Preceded by
Rev. John P. Minogue
President of DePaul University
2004 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent