DePaul under Father Holtschneider's leadership

Jacob Sabolo
June 16, 2017


The Board of Trustees elects the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., as DePaul University's 11th president. He takes office July 1.


DePaul Athletics debuts in the BIG EAST Conference.

DePaul sponsors 15 NCAA sports teams.


In its survey of the best colleges and universities in the country, the Princeton Review ranks DePaul number one in its "Diverse Student Population" category.


Tangaza University cohort

The School for New Learning began its partnership with Tangaza University College in Kenya in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Tangaza University)

The college will go on to graduate eight cohorts of adult students in Nairobi.

The Board of Trustees votes to elevate the department of communication, part of the then College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to the College of Communication.

The 65-seat St. Louise de Marillac Chapel is dedicated in the Lincoln Park Campus Student Center.


The School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems becomes the College of Computing and Digital Media. The college is organized into two schools: the School of Computing and the School of Cinema and Interactive Media. In 2015, the college forms its third school: the School of Design.

DePaul acquires the historic 14 E. Jackson building in the Loop Campus. In December 2010, the university names it after former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley (LAS '65, JD '68, LLD '90) and Maggie Daley in recognition of the couple's many contributions to the city and university.


The Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Center for Environmental Science and Chemistry opens its doors. The gold-rated LEED building includes state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratory spaces, as well as a rooftop greenhouse.

Fr. Holtschneider joins the board of directors at Ascension Health, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care.

DePaul sets an all-time record for enrollment, surpassing 25,000 students for the first time.

The Welcome Center on the Lincoln Park Campus is completed.


The Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign launches in May with a $250 million fundraising goal. When the campaign ended in 2014, more than $333 million had been raised.


The DePaul Art Museum moves into its new home steps away from the Chicago Transit Authority's Fullerton "L" stop.

The College of Science and Health is established.

Arts and Letters

Arts and Letters Hall (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

Fr. Holtschneider accepts the Vincentian Charism Award from All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland, for his outstanding leadership in higher education and Catholic higher education.


Arts and Letters Hall opens to students, faculty and staff. The facility houses the departments of English and the history of art and architecture, as well as administrative offices and meeting spaces.

Fr. Holtschneider is listed as one of Diversity MBA Magazine's Top 100 under 500 Diverse Executive Leaders.

Finance industry pioneer Richard H. Driehaus (BUS '65, MBA '70, DHL '02) contributes $30 million to support the recruitment and retention of top business faculty. It is the largest gift DePaul has received. The College of Commerce is renamed the Driehaus College of Business.


The university launches Vision 2018: Dedication to Excellence, Commitment to Community, the final strategic plan led by Fr. Holtschneider.


The five-story building for The Theatre School houses classrooms, rehearsal and workshop spaces, design studios and two theatres. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

The Theatre School opens its new facility on the Lincoln Park Campus. It houses two theatres; costume, makeup, prop and scene shops; lighting laboratories, rehearsal rooms and movement studios; and administrative offices.

The College of Education relocates to its new building at the corner of Belden Avenue and Halsted Street.​


DePaul receives the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine.


DePaul breaks ground on the sites of the Wintrust Arena at McCormick Square, DePaul basketball's new home, as well as on new facilities for the School of Music.

Fr. Holtschneider receives the American Council on Education Fellows Mentor Award for his excellence in preparing the next generation of higher education leaders.


The Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence is established, led by veteran political reporter Carol Marin and producer Don Moseley.

DePaul opens a dedicated space at 1871, Chicago's prestigious entrepreneurial technology hub.

Read the original article in DePaul Magazine.