Jul 30, 2020
Dr. Richard Ludwick, President of UST
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Richard L. Ludwick, JD, DEd
Richard L. Ludwick became the 9th president of the
University of St. Thomas on July 1, 2017. He previously
served as president of the Independent Colleges of
Indiana, the nation’s oldest association of 31 private,
nonprofit colleges and universities enrolling more than
100,000 students. In that capacity, he led strategic
initiatives in public policy at the state and federal levels, spurred innovative,
intercollegiate collaborations, and successfully executed multi-million dollar
philanthropic campaigns.
Richard served as provost at St. Gregory’s University in Oklahoma before joining ICI.
Early in his career, Richard co-founded a law firm in Indiana and later went on to serve
institutions of higher learning across the United States, including positions as vice
president of enrollment management and student affairs at Albany Law School
(Albany, NY); assistant dean for student and academic affairs at the University of
Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law (Gainesville); and dean of students at the
University of Oregon School of Law (Eugene).
In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Evansville, Richard
holds a Master of Arts in higher education administration from Teachers College of
Columbia University (New York), Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University’s
Robert H. McKinney Law School, and Doctor of Education in policy management and
organization of higher education administration from the University of Oregon
Currently, Richard serves as chair-elect of Independent Colleges and Universities of
Texas (ICUT), and as a member of the Texas Medical Center Advisory Board. Richard
served as president of the International Council of the Universities of Saint Thomas
Aquinas, a global network of institutions dedicated to the spirit of St. Thomas. He also
served as a commissioner for the Midwest Higher Education Compact; chair of the
board for the Coalition for College Cost Savings; as a member of the Indiana Chamber’s
Business Higher Education Policy Committee; and as a member of the State Councils’
Advisory Committee for the Council of Independent Colleges.
Richard and his wife, Melynda, a pharmacist, have two grown children, Richard III,
also a graduate of the University of Evansville, and Christianne, a graduate of Ave
Maria University and Butler University respectively. Christianne and husband, Michael
Fenzl, have three children, Gabriel, Pia and Benedict.