Notes from Rob

Moving Forward, Together

Moving Forward, Together

Among my first promises as DePaul’s president, I committed to deeply engage the questions of bias and equity that exist in our community. This engagement is particularly complex as our community is so diverse, our world’s problems are so deep, and there... read more

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, Jan. 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual day of commemoration to honor the six million Jewish victims and millions of other victims of Nazism lost to genocide during the Holocaust. The day marks the anniversary of the... read more

Solidarity against violence

Solidarity against violence

​​​​​​Earlier this evening, officials in Memphis released appalling video footage from the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who died three days after being stopped by police officers on Jan. 7. Five Memphis police officers have been... read more

Input requested for Designing DePaul

Input requested for Designing DePaul

Last week, I invited all faculty, staff, and students to attend Designing DePaul on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. in the Holtschneider Performance Center. This event will serve as the official kickoff for our strategic planning process. You will have the... read more

You're invited to design our future

You're invited to design our future

Happy New Year! I hope the first week of the winter quarter is going smoothly as you ease back into classes. Our campus was very quiet these last several weeks, and I’m happy to see our students back in Brownstones, the Ray, the DePaul Center – and all... read more

Guidance for returning to campus Jan. 2

Guidance for returning to campus Jan. 2

​​I hope everyone is having a restful winter break and has enjoyed many hours of quality time with friends and family. A new year is right around the corner, as is the start of DePaul's winter term classes on Monday, Jan. 2. I'm looking forward to... read more

DePaul coverage in The Wall Street Journal

DePaul coverage in The Wall Street Journal

Yesterday's issue of The Wall Street Journal included an article about rising antisemitism on college campuses. I wanted to make you aware that DePaul is mentioned in the article, which you can read here.When I first stepped into my role as... read more

Warmest wishes this holiday season

Warmest wishes this holiday season

​Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in my very first Christmas at DePaul performance. From the lighting to the orchestra to the chorus, it was a truly spectacular event and one that made me very proud to be part of the DePaul community.For the... read more

Budget update

Budget update

​In October, Joint Council shared an upd​ate regarding the Fall Census, which indicated fewer graduate and transfer students enrolled for classes than we had projected, resulting in an unexpected operating deficit for the current fiscal year. In... read more

Early close for Thanksgiving break

Early close for Thanksgiving break

​​As we reach the end of the fall quarter, I know how much we all need time to unwind and relax. To help kickstart our Thanksgiving break, I’m happy to announce the university will close early at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23.Whether you’re traveling... read more

Transforming DePaul

Transforming DePaul

​​​​​​​Last week, our university community came together in celebration of who we are and all that we aspire to be. While the memories of inauguration week are still fresh in our minds, I would like to reiterate how grateful I am to everyone in the DePaul... read more

Inauguration 2022

Inauguration 2022

​I am so grateful to stand here in this space - at this moment - and share it with you all.Seeing this full room, and knowing many more are joining us virtually, tells me you believe in higher education – in tradition - and the impact we can collectively... read more

Support for human rights

Support for human rights

​In these times of unrest in Iran, DePaul supports the brave and courageous fight for human rights taking place in a country that many of our community members call home. In the Vincentian spirit in which DePaul is grounded, we stand by the victims of injustice and violence. We stand against the perpetrators of violence and systemic injustice that inhibit the expression of individual freedom and extinguish lives.​

Radical hospitality and service

Radical hospitality and service

​​In my short time at DePaul, the warm welcome you have shown me and my family is nothing short of overwhelming. You have demonstrated openness to new ideas, availability to help, care for each other, and a willingness to begin anew—all qualities that... read more

Vacation days

Vacation days

​​As we begin our annual Vincentian Heritage Week celebration, I’m reflecting on several of the Vincentian charisms that define our work – hospitality, human dignity, and our collective community. Together, we are developing our vision for the future of... read more

Supporting our diverse multi-faith community

Supporting our diverse multi-faith community

​​I hope you are having an excellent start to the fall quarter. The beginning of a new academic year coincides with some of the world’s major religions observing holy days. As we return to campus, I ask our university community to honor our values by... read more

Adjunct faculty climate survey results

Adjunct faculty climate survey results

​​On Aug. 30, when I shared the 2022 climate survey results, because of an unfortunate oversight, I did not include adjunct faculty data. As I explained in my follow-up communication, this omission intended no slight to our valued adjunct... read more

Welcome to a new academic year

Welcome to a new academic year

​Welcome to the 2022-23 academic year! Today marks the first day of fall classes and the official beginning of DePaul’s 125th anniversary celebration. As we celebrate the impact we have had on generations of students, we also look ahead to designing our future. I welcome the opportunity to honor DePaul’s 125 years with you at events throughout the next year.​

Academic Convocation 2022

Academic Convocation 2022

​​​​​​Good morning. ​Today marks exactly one month since I officially started as DePaul’s president. With every new day, I become more energized to be part of this diverse, creative, and dedicated community. I feel so fortunate to have the... read more

Climate survey follow up

Climate survey follow up

​On Aug. 30, I shared the 2022 climate survey results with all of you. In the responses I received, there was a question about why the survey summary did not include adjunct faculty data. I’m grateful for this request and happy to provide some context.All... read more

Climate survey results

Climate survey results

​As the excitement of a new academic year grows around us, I want to thank you for the opportunity to join our community. The conversations of hope and renewal I continue to hear as I listen to our faculty, staff, and students inspire me. We have many challenges in front of us — both internal and external — and I feel there is a new energy amongst us to address them all.

Let’s start the conversation

Let’s start the conversation

I am thrilled to share with you my first university message as DePaul's president. I feel fortunate to be a part of this outstanding university, and I'm excited about all we will accomplish together. I spent a lot of time in Chicago these past... read more