The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., is president of DePaul University, the nation’s largest Catholic university and the largest private university in the Midwest, and chairman of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.
He also serves on the boards of the American Council on Education (ACE), the Chicago History Museum and the steering committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. Father Holtschneider became DePaul’s 11th president on July 1, 2004 and oversees a $550 million budget, 23,539 students and 924 full-time faculty on four Chicago and suburban campuses. He has led DePaul through two successful strategic plans. The current plan, “Vision 2018: Dedication to Excellence, Commitment to Community, was launched in September 2013 and is designed to enhance academic quality and educational innovation, deepen connections to the global city of Chicago, strengthen DePaul’s Catholic and Vincentian identity, foster diversity and inclusion and ensure the university’s financial strength.