Ohio Dominican University

Coordinates: 39°59′34″N 82°56′28″W / 39.9927°N 82.9411°W / 39.9927; -82.9411
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Ohio Dominican University
Former names
College of St. Mary of the Springs (1911–1968)
Ohio Dominican College (1968–2002)
Motto"Contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere" (Latin)
Motto in English
To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation
Established1911; 113 years ago (1911)
AffiliationRoman Catholic (Dominican Order)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$18.9 million (2020)[1]
PresidentConnie Gallaher
Academic staff
Location, ,

39°59′34″N 82°56′28″W / 39.9927°N 82.9411°W / 39.9927; -82.9411
CampusUrban, 75 acres (300,000 m2)
Colors   Black & yellow[2]
Sporting affiliations

Ohio Dominican University is a private Dominican liberal arts university in Columbus, Ohio. The university has approximately 1,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors as well as nine graduate degree programs.


The Motherhouse of the Academy of St. Mary of the Springs

The College of St. Mary of the Springs was chartered in 1911 as an all-women's school. It became coeducational in 1964 and changed its name to Ohio Dominican College four years later. In 2002, its name changed to Ohio Dominican University.[3]


Ohio Dominican offers 40 undergraduate degree programs.

The Charles School[edit]

The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University opened in 2007 with the goal to significantly improve college success for young people in Central Ohio. The public charter high school is part of a nationwide network of Early College High Schools initiated through funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other organizations. The Charles School (TCS) is open to all Ohio students entering the 9th grade, with a target population of students who have a desire to go to college and would be the first in their family to do so. Students have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and up to 62 hours of college credit and/or an associate degree, at no cost to the student.


The Ohio Dominican teams, nicknamed the Panthers, compete in the NCAA Division II as members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC).[4] ODU joined the GMAC on July 1, 2017. Ohio Dominican originally joined the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2010 as part of the transition to NCAA Division II from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).[5] The university currently offers 16 varsity sports including: men's and women's basketball, baseball, cheerleading (Football, both men's and women's basketball), men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's track and field (indoor and outdoor), and women's volleyball.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]


ODU graduates


Name Dates
Stephanie Mohun 1911–1914
Constance Keelty 1914–1917
Justina Hogan 1917–1920
Maria Theresa 1920–1923
Regina Murphy 1923–1926
Adele Heffley 1926–1932
Bernardine Lynam 1932–1935
Aloyse Fitzpatrick 1935–1944
Anacletus Oger 1944–1947
Angelita Conley 1947–1964
Suzanne Uhrhane 1964–1978
Mary Andrew Matesich 1978–2001
Jack Calareso 2001–2007
James A. Griffin 2007–2008
Brian Nedwek 2008–2009
Ronald J. Seiffert 2009–2010
Peter Cimbolic 2010–2017
Robert Gervasi 2017–June 2021
Connie Gallaher June 2021–current



  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "The ODU Brand". Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "About ODU". Ohio Dominican University. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  4. ^ Pickle, David (June 30, 2015). "Ohio Dominican switching conferences". NCAA. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Ohio Dominican switching conferences". GMAC. June 30, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2017.

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