Vice President for Mission and Identity

The Vice President for Mission and Identity is charged with coordinating and facilitating the university wide process of sustaining, enhancing, and promoting the distinct mission of Ohio Dominican University as a Catholic and Dominican university.  The Vice President oversees the work of The Center for Dominican Studies and serves as a resource for existing divisions, departments, and programs, and helps to develop new initiatives expressive of the mission of the university

The Office of Mission and Identity Overview

The Office of the Vice President for Mission and Identity is charged with coordinating and facilitating the university-wide process of sustaining, enhancing, and promoting the distinctive mission of Ohio Dominican University as a Catholic and Dominican university.  It oversees the work of The Center for Dominican Studies and serves as a resource for existing divisions, departments and programs, and helps to develop new initiatives expressive of the mission of the university.

The word mission comes from the Latin, missio, which means "to be sent," while identity reflects the unique way in which the university responds to the mission.  The office therefore serves the University community by helping us to think about our many efforts in light of a broader and deeper call and mission, and by creating a culture on campus in which everyone -- students, faculty, alumni, administration, staff, trustees -- partake of and benefit from a common mission inspired by faith and enabled by grace.

As a Catholic liberal arts University in the Dominican tradition, Ohio Dominican University is guided in its educational mission by the Dominican motto: to contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation. Ohio Dominican educates all individuals committed to intellectual, spiritual and professional growth to become lifelong learners committed to serving others in a global society, as ethical and effective leaders grounded in the pursuit of truth, justice and peace.” (ODU Mission Statement)

At Ohio Dominican University, in the tradition of St. Dominic de Guzman, our search for truth is grounded in the dialogue of faith and reason within the context of the human community. Through this human and personal dynamic, we encourage and empower one another in our search for and witness to the truth.  This is how we “live out” our motto “To contemplate truth and share with others the fruits of that contemplation.”

At Ohio Dominican University, our sense of community is defined by a strong commitment to study, dialogue, collegiality, and cooperativeness in achieving shared goals.  This approach is highlighted by a commitment to the common good of and respect for all our members.  Our University Mission Statement indicates that Ohio Dominican's primary mission is to provide degree and continuing education programs for the intellectual development, the growth in truth, of each student.   In keeping with the Dominican tradition, educational experiences, grounded in the liberal arts, foster the development of spiritual, aesthetic, and ethical values, promote physical and mental health, and provide for the development and responsible use of human skills and talentsin professional and community service.

In light of Ohio Dominican’s mission and its belief that the search for truth calls us to be transformed so that we may transform society through outreach and service, the university serves as a place of intellectual exploration and dialogue where students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni can gather for study, discussion, reflection, and service.  Through a variety of events and educational opportunities sponsored through the office of the Vice President for Mission and The Center for Dominican Studies for the University community, ODU strives to share the richness and diversity of the Catholic and Dominican intellectual and spiritual traditions as they offer crucial perspectives for today's challenges and concerns and invites us together to partake of and benefit from a common mission inspired by faith and enabled by grace