Notre Dame College Names New Dean of Students

Notre Dame College’s new dean of students has led campus life at postsecondary institutions for more than a decade, including directing a small living-learning community on a much larger university campus.

Karl Rishe, who joins Notre Dame on Aug. 26, previously served as assistant director of residence life and coordinator of first-year residence education for a total of seven years at Case Western Reserve University. At Case Western Reserve, a campus of more than 10,000, Rishe oversaw four residential communities─a total of 1,400 students, which is about equal to the enrollment at Notre Dame.

In his most recent role, Rishe was responsible for programming focused on knowledge through multiculturalism, leadership through service, engagement through sustainability and growth through the arts. He provided academic advising to aid with retention and adjudicated student undergraduate conduct cases. He also managed a team of five full-time employees, partnered with faculty in residence and supervised four graduate and 40 undergraduate residence life staff members.

Rishe previously worked as living center director at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., and residence director at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.

He has presented and published at several organizations and taught and lectured at various institutions. He is the president elect of the Ohio College Personnel Association.

Rishe is working on his dissertation, on resident assistant motivation and satisfaction, for a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Akron. He earned a Master of Science in communications from Grand Valley State, to go along with a Master of Arts in higher education administration from the University of Akron. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.



For 90 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.