• Presidents

    The Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace) were founded in Somerset, Ohio, in 1830 and moved to Columbus in 1868. In 1911, the sisters received a charter from the state of Ohio to establish a women’s college. A successful teaching congregation for almost 100 years, the Dominicans wanted to build on the excellence of their academy and provide college classes in an area where there was no Catholic higher education available to their graduates and to the candidates for the order. After a decade of experimenting, the Sisters opened the College of St. Mary of the Springs in 1924 as a Catholic four-year liberal arts college for women. Until the college formally separated from the congregation, the congregation’s prioress, who served three-year terms, also served as the college’s president. In 1968, under Sister Suzanne Urhane’s leadership, the college changed its name to Ohio Dominican College. In 2002, under the leadership of Ohio Dominican’s first male and first lay leader, Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., the college changed its status again to become Ohio Dominican University. 

    Ohio Dominican President and term of service

    Sister Stephanie Mohun. 1911 - 1914
    Sister Constance Keelty, 1914 - 1917
    Sister Justina Hogan, 1917 - 1920
    Sister Maria Theresa, 1920 - 1923
    Sister Regina Murphy, 1923 - 1926
    Sister Adele Heffley, 1926 - 1932
    Sister Bernardine Lynam, 1932 - 1935
    Sister Aloyse Fitzpatrick, 1935 - 1944
    Sister Anacletus Oger, 1944 - 1947
    Sister Angelita Conley, 1947 - 1964
    Sister Suzanne Uhrhane, 1964 - 1978
    Sister Mary Andrew Matesich, 1978 - 2001
    Jack Calareso, Ph.D., 2001 - 2007
    The Most Rev. James A. Griffin, 2007 - 2008 (interim)
    Brian Nedwek, Ph.D., 2008 - 2009
    Ronald J. Seiffert, 2009 - 2010 (interim)
    Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D., 2010 - present