Dr. Jonathan J. Sanford’s inauguration as the University of Dallas’ 10th president on October 1, 2021, marks a new chapter of growth and optimism for the university known nationally for its academic rigor, its commitment to the classical Western tradition, and its faithful Catholic identity. Dr. Sanford, who previously served as provost of the university and dean of UD’s Constantin College of Liberal Arts and holds a doctorate in philosophy, is a noted scholar in virtue ethics.
He is a champion of the belief that the best and highest form of education is one that embraces arete — the Greek word for excellence and virtue — in all it pursues, an ideal that has been lost in too many institutions of higher learning today. Over the next year, Dr. Sanford will embark on a series of dialogues, lectures and panel discussions in key locations in Texas and nationally, focusing on this theme: how a relentless pursuit of and commitment to excellence in the liberal arts, the degree programs that draw from them, and the virtuous formation of the whole person at institutions of higher education are keys to renewing our culture by shaping it by what is true, good and beautiful.
The Presidential Inaugural Event Series will launch in Dallas with an inaugural gala dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas on the evening of Thurs., Sept. 30, 2021, at 6 p.m., with Dr. Sanford’s address to the broader North Texas community introducing UD as a convener on this vital topic over the coming year.
Inaugural Campus Celebration
The university will host the inaugural Mass, installation and presidential address on the university’s Irving campus on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at 5 p.m., culminating in an inaugural campus celebration that will encompass the entire university community, including faculty, staff, students, volunteer leadership, parents, alumni and special guests. The event will continue on Saturday with special student activities such as a Toga Trot, arts performances and a special student dance.
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