Dominican University’s Board of Trustees has announced a new president, according to a press release issued May 18 by the River Forest university. 

Glena Temple, president of Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, has been named president and will succeed Donna Carroll, who plans to retire by the end of the school year. For over two decades, Carroll has served as Dominican University’s president and “led the institution through a period of extraordinary growth and academic achievement,” the release stated. This year, Dominican University was selected as one of the Top 10 regional universities in the Midwest by the U.S. News & World Report. Carroll’s last day with the university is June 30, and Temple will begin Aug. 2. 

In an effort to find its next leader, the university created a presidential search committee, which included representatives from the board of trustees, faculty, staff, students and Sinsinawa Dominican sisters. The board also received support from Storbeck Search, a national higher education search firm headquartered in Pennsylvania, and legal counsel Husch Blackwell, which is based in Missouri.  

For seven months, the search committee reviewed and interviewed a pool of candidates and found Temple to be the right fit, the release stated. 

“Temple brings with her an exemplary record of achievement and leadership at multiple levels of higher education and a keen awareness of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Dominican,” said Tom Abrahamson, board chair and member of the search committee in the release. “The board is certain that under her leadership, Dominican will continue to realize its vital mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.”

Before becoming president of Viterbo in 2017, Temple was chair of the biology department, coordinator of the natural sciences division, co-director of the honors program, dean of the School of Letters and Sciences and vice president for academic affairs, according to the release. 

There are several parallels between Viterbo and Dominican. Both are Catholic institutions founded by religious orders – Viterbo by Franciscan sisters and Dominican by the Sinsinawa Dominican sisters. Both chose to switch from designations as colleges to university status. Each was founded as a school for women and later became co-ed. Viterbo has been co-ed since 1970.

Temple also served as the dean of online and distance education for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and taught at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minnesota and Victor Valley College in California. Temple, a Rochester, New York native, holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Allegheny College and doctoral degree in botany and plant sciences from the University of California-Riverside, the release said. She also has a master’s degree in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota. 

“I am truly humbled and grateful for the trust placed in me by the Dominican board of trustees,” said Temple in the release. “It is an honor to follow President Donna Carroll, whose leadership inspired so many over the past 27 years.

“I embrace this opportunity to help build on her legacy with so many dedicated students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and benefactors,” she said. “Dominican’s justice-driven mission and values deeply rooted in the charism of the Sinsinawa Dominican sisters spoke to my heart and strengthened my desire to be a part of this amazing university.” 

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