On Nov. 1, 2019, the Solemnity of All Saints, the University of Dallas inaugurated its ninth and first alumnus president, Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83.+ Read More
Date Published: March 17, 2017
Steady enrollment growth, record-breaking freshman classes in three of the last five years and the largest university gift in the past half century — $12 million for the construction of its state-of-the-art SB International Hall — are just a few reasons University of Dallas President Thomas W. Keefe was named to the 2016 Irish Education 100, an annual list of the nation’s 100 most influential educators of Irish heritage. This year's honorees were recognized during a special invitation only event held at the Irish Consulate in New York City on Dec. 7, 2016.
The Irish Education 100 gives tribute to the enduring Irish success in education, especially at the university level, and its honorees are some of America’s most distinguished and accomplished leaders. The list was first compiled in 2009 by the Irish Voice newspaper in an effort to quantify the Irish commitment to excellence in education in the United States.
“It seems natural that we should pay tribute to the Irish who have made such an indelible mark at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.,” said Debbie McGoldrick, senior editor of the Irish Voice. “Our diverse compilation includes presidents and professors, trustees and administrators and everyone in between, all whom share a bond — a deep pride in their shared heritage.”
President Keefe is a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He can trace his Irish ancestry back to Ireland’s Cork, Derry and Down counties.
"Our department has two fundamental guiding principles: the study of political philosophy and the study of American founding principles," said Richard Dougherty, MA '89 PhD '93, associate professor of politics and director of the politics graduate program. It is this emphasis on American political development combined with the quality of faculty and the rigor of the University of Dallas' politics doctoral program that led the U.S. Department of Education to award UD a $250,405 grant for stipend support for politics doctoral students through its Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need program.+ Read More
On Thursday, Sept. 26, several members of the university community gathered to celebrate the completion of Course II of the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program, the first component of UD's Liberal Learning for Life initiative. The course is titled "The Person: Tradition and History."+ Read More