Mission, Vision and History

About Cardinal Stritch University

Cardinal Stritch University began as a teaching institution for the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in 1937. Today, Stritch offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that help students develop new skills, gain career-related experience and build professional networks.

Stritch is known as an excellent choice for studying business, education, liberal artsleadership, nursing, and the sciences. Students with diverse faith and cultural backgrounds embrace and live our core Franciscan values of creating a caring community, showing compassion, reverencing creation and making peace. On campus, students cheer on our athletic teams, the Stritch Wolves, as they compete in 17 men’s and women’s sports. Students from all majors are engaged in artistic opportunities and participate in gallery exhibitions, theater performances and music concerts.

The University offers courses at our campus in the North Shore of Milwaukee, Brookfield, Madison and online. Undergraduate and graduate classes are also available through partnerships with technical colleges and employers.

With more than 34,000 alumni, our graduates are known for their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures. Through education, academic support, mentoring, and career opportunities, we help students find their mission in life.

Administrative Cabinet

  • David L. Shrock, D.B.A., Acting President
  • Thomas J. Congdon, M.S.T., C.P.A., Vice President for Business and Finance/Chief Financial Officer
  • Nathan D. Dehne, M.A.C., Vice President for Undergraduate Enrollment Services and Strategic Planning
  • Tonya M. Mantilla, M.S. ’11, Vice President for University Advancement
  • Allan D. Mitchler, M.A., Vice President for Graduate, Adult and Online Enrollment Services
  • Jeffrey D. Senese, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Past Presidents

  • James P. Loftus, Ph.D.
  • Kent H. Bergemann, Interim President
  • Helen C. Sobehart, D.A.
  • Sister Mary Lea Schneider, OSF, Ph.D.
  • Sister M. Camille Kliebhan, OSF, Ph.D., Chancellor  Emerita

Board of Members

Sister Diana De Bruin, OSF
Director

Sister Marcia Lunz, OSF, ‘67
Associate Director

Sister Sylvia Anne Sheldon, OSF, ’94, ’04
Associate Director

Board of Trustees

Thomas A. Myers 
Chairman of the Board 
Partner 
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. 

Souheil S. Badran '88, '97 
General Manager    
Alipay

Marianne Burish 
Principal 
Siegel-Gallagher, Inc. 

Alexander J. Costigan 
Retired, President/CEO 
Level Valley Creamery Inc.

Edward H. DeFrance 
Senior Vice President 
Baird Family Wealth Group  

David R. Hawke
Immediate Past Chair of the Board
Retired Executive 
Brady Corporation

Sister Nancy B. Kazik, OSF '76   
Retired, Vice Chancellor
Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Mary T. Kellner, Ed.D., '07 
Civic Leader

Sister Joanne G. Nicgorski, OSF, '65
Retired, Director of Liturgy and Music

Janice Ochenkowski, '70
International Director – Global Risk Management
Jones Lang LaSalle

Gerard A. Randall, Jr. 
Executive Director
Milwaukee Education Partnership

Stephen J. Rolfs 
Senior Vice President-Administration/Chief Financial Officer 
Sensient Technologies Corporation

Deborah A. Schultz
Vice President of Financial Management
Northwestern Mutual

Thomas L. Shriner, Jr. 
Partner 
Foley & Lardner, LLP

David L. Shrock, D.B.A. 
Acting President

Thelma A. Sias 
Retired, Vice President-Local Affairs 
We Energies

Gregory A. Smith, '89
Retired, Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer
Wheaton Franciscan Health, Inc.

Sister Marlene A. Stawski, OSF, '70 
Retired, Director of Clare Hall

Sister M. Clarette Stryzewski, CSSF 
Retired President/CEO 
Felician Services, Inc.

 

Chief Executive Officer

David L. Shrock, D.B.A.
Acting President


OSF Liaison to Corporate Ministries

Sister Joanne M. Schatzlein, OSF


Corporate Officers

David L. Shrock, D.B.A.
Acting President

Jeffrey D. Senese, Ph.D. 
Vice President

Allan D. Mitchler, M.A. 
Secretary

Thomas J. Congdon, M.S.T., C.P.A.
Treasurer

Mission Statement

Cardinal Stritch University, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and rooted in the liberal arts tradition, transforms lives and communities through servant leadership, learning, and service. The University is guided by the Catholic, Franciscan values of creating a caring community, peacemaking, showing compassion, and reverencing creation as we embrace and cultivate the diversity of all of God’s creation.

Vision Statement

Rooted in the values of Catholic Christianity and inspired by the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi and the heritage of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, Cardinal Stritch University is an academic community called to transform individuals to "approve the better things" as they discover their purpose in life.

The University encourages academic excellence, along with intellectual, spiritual, and social growth among its entire community – faculty, staff, and students of all ages, faiths, and ethnic backgrounds.

Enrollment 

Total enrollment as of fall 2015 is 3,176.

  • Undergraduate Students: 1,975
  • Graduate Students: 1,201
  • Male Students: 34%
  • Female Students: 66%

Our undergraduate student enrollment reflects an array of ethnic diversity: 54.1% White; 20.7% Black or African American; 11.1% Hispanic/Latino; 6.1% Non-Resident Alien or International; 2.9% Two or More Races; 2.5% Asian; 2.6% Other/Unknown. 39% of undergraduate students receive Federal Pell Grants. (Source: IPEDS College Data 2016-17; Enrollment Data Fall 2015)

Academic Programs

The University consists of five schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Management, College of Education and Leadership, Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the School of Continuing and Online Learning.

In addition to our full-time faculty members we also employ adjunct faculty who remain practitioners in their fields and provide highly skilled instruction. The average student-to-faculty ratio is 11-to-1. Stritch offers more than 60 academic programs and confers the following degree programs: Associate of Arts; Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Fine Arts; Bachelor of Science; Master of Arts; Master of Business Administration; Master of Education; Master of Science; Doctor of Education; and Doctor of Philosophy.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Stritch is competitively priced to make undergraduate and graduate education affordable. Counselors in our Financial Aid Office know that each student is unique and they are dedicated to helping identify ways to help students fund their education. Learn more about our tuition and fees and the financial aid process. Scholarships for freshmen and transfer students are also available. Students and families can also estimate their cost of attendance using our Net Price Calculator.

Library and Research Resources

The Stritch Library has more than 139,000 holdings with access to materials held at seven institutions in the SWITCH Library Consortium. Students can also borrow laptops, tablets and camera equipment.

The Institutional Review Board is responsible for evaluating and approving all research done on or by our faculty, staff, and students. Any student, faculty or staff member of Cardinal Stritch University who anticipates performing research utilizing participants (including certain classroom activities), have their research reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Athletics

The Stritch Wolves are affiliated with the NAIA and are part of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). This allows us to compete against some of the tougher mid-sized college programs throughout the Midwest, which provides for exciting and competitive match ups. Get the latest schedule.  

Performing and Visual Arts

The arts are appreciated by our campus community and our diverse offerings aim to entertain and inform the community as a whole. Our talented theater students star in productions that range from musicals to the classics. The work of contemporary and historical visual artists, as well as Stritch students, is exhibited in our Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery. Performances and exhibits are held in the Joan Steele Stein Center for Communication Studies/Fine Arts, which includes the 400-seat Nancy Kendall Theater. Get tickets to an upcoming performance.

Alumni Network

Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of more than 34,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.

 

Quick Facts 2016-2017 2015-16 Year in Review

Franciscan Values


Saints Francis and Clare, the founders of the Franciscan tradition, acknowledged God as creator and all humankind as made in the divine image. Learn more about the Franciscan Values.

History


Cardinal Stritch University has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1937. Along this historic timeline you can discover how the University came to be known Cardinal Stritch University, and what made Samuel Cardinal Stritch such an inspiration to all those around him.

Sponsors


In 1849, a small band of lay Franciscans left their home in Ettenbeuren, Bavaria, and crossed the ocean to America to become missionaries to the German immigrants in Wisconsin. Amid hardship and struggles, the women organized a religious congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi.

Tradition


The traditions of Cardinal Stritch University encompass those of two highly influential saints. St. Francis of Assisi, who is thought to be one of the most influential saints since the birth of Christ, in both the Christian and non-Christian worlds, and St. Clare, remembered as Francis' most faithful follower and co-founder of the Franciscan movement.

Logo

The Cardinal Stritch University logo represents the rich history and tradition of the institution in a confident and attractive manner. 


The icon and the treatment of Cardinal Stritch University make an important statement about the University’s place in the ranks of American educational institutions.

The rose window icon is based upon a rose window found at the Basilica of St. Clare in Assisi, Italy. It was chosen to honor the University’s rich past and the legacy of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi.

It conveys the historical and religious context of the institution in an understated, yet confident, manner.

The typeface was chosen to reflect the tradition, excellence and innovation of Cardinal Stritch University.

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