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President Keefe

Thomas W. Keefe


President Keefe believes firmly that a liberal education is integral to humanity and human culture and that it is vitally important to the survival and flourishing of American and Western civilization.

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Robert Galecke

Robert M. Galecke

Executive Vice President, External Affairs 

Robert Galecke is responsible for endowment management, business services, support services (housing, dining, campus safety, risk management), Office of Advancement, all university facilities.....

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Dr. Berry

J. William Berry

Executive Vice President & Provost

Dr. Berry is on sabbatical until Dec. 31, 2014. C.W. Eaker is Acting Provost.

UD welcomed J. William Berry as its provost in June 2008. In December 2008, he also became an executive vice president of the university. Prior to UD, he was provost at Butler University and has served on the faculty at Princeton, Mercer, and elsewhere.

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Dr. Brian Murray

Brian Murray

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Brian Murray is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and an Associate Professor of Management. His areas of responsibility include strategic planning, finance and business office, information technology, and human resources.

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Dr. John Plotts

John Plotts

Vice President of Enrollment & Student Services

John Plotts has been the university’s vice president for enrollment since December 2008. Dr. Plotts received his Ed.D. from the University of North Texas, his master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and bachelor’s degree from Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania.

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Joan Canty

Joan Canty

Vice President of Advancement

Joan Canty oversees the Office of Advancement. She brings 20 years of advancement experience in alumni relations, major gifts, campaign management, planned giving, public relations, special events and advancement services.

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Dr. Charles W. Eaker

Charles W. Eaker

Acting Provost
Dean, Constantin College of Liberal Arts

Charles W. Eaker is a theoretical chemist whose area of speciality is reaction dynamics. He makes extensive use of computers and computer graphics in his research.

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Ted Whapham

Theodore Whapham

Dean, School of Ministry

Theodore "Ted" Whapham, a theologian specializing in Christology and Trinitarian theology, oversees the university's undergraduate and graduate ministry programs, adult education courses and the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, the nation's second largest Catholic ministry conference.

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Dr. Joshua Parens

Joshua Parens

Dean, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Director, Institute of Philosophic Studies

Although Joshua Parens has taught at the University of Dallas for 16 years, he only recently assumed his current role as dean of the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts. 

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Robert Scherer

Robert Scherer

Dean, Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business

Scherer holds a doctorate in business administration from the University of Mississippi, a master’s degree in management from the University of the Redlands and a bachelor’s degree in communication and theater from Miami (Ohio) University.

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Peter Hatlie

Peter Hatlie

Vice President of Rome Program, Dean and Director

Director of the Rome Campus, Dr. Peter Hatlie, was born and raised in Minnesota. He holds a B.A. in Classics from St. Olaf College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval and Byzantine History from Fordham University.

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Denise Phillips

Denise Phillips

Director of Campus Ministry

Denise Phillips holds an undergraduate degree in literary studies and a master’s degree in religious education from University of Dallas’ Braniff Graduate School.

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Karin Rilley

Karin W. Rilley

General Counsel

Karin W. Rilley provides legal counsel for the University of Dallas. Previously, she was associate general counsel for the University of North Texas System Office of General Counsel. Prior to joining the staff at the University of North Texas System, Rilley was Executive Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer for the largest public school district in Ohio, the Columbus City School District.

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