In 2010, after becoming aware of the University’s search for its
next president, my wife, Irene, and I got in the car and took a trip to
Milwaukee from our former home in Iowa. Our only goals were to visit
campus and explore the possibilities.
Arriving unannounced and unfamiliar with the area or the campus, we
were led on an impromptu tour by a gracious student. While the idea of
leading Stritch at that point was merely a vague picture in the mind’s
eye, it was a picture made much clearer and more attractive with every
corner we turned.
We learned a lot about the University that day – its exceptional
students, rigorous academic programs, dedicated faculty, the sense of
community – and left inspired and excited about what could lie ahead. In
the months that preceded my arrival here, we would meet with countless
others and note how their words and actions reflected their deep
dedication to the University and its mission to transform lives through
As you interact with our University, I am certain that you will have
a similar experience. One of our four Franciscan values – creating a
caring community – is both a promise and a responsibility, one that our
faculty, staff and students live out every day.
To that end, we invite you to not only peruse the pages of our website, but also to pay us a visit on campus. As you interact with us, you
will learn – as I once did – that a sense of community abounds here,
and it empowers our students to engage in academic, spiritual, and
personal growth that leave them prepared to meet the challenges of our
communities, nation, and world.
confident that our rich history of academic excellence and
transformation in Franciscan Catholic tradition can serve as a
foundation of personal growth, exploration, and success for you as well.
As St. Francis once said, “Start by doing what’s necessary, then do
what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
James P. Loftus, Ph.D.