President Roth asks, “How are we doing?”
President Roth was interviewed by WCLV FM 104.9 radio personality Bill O’Connell on the state of affairs at Notre Dame College. Hear the interview in entirety.
Inaugurated in November 2003, Dr. Andrew P. Roth is the 13th president of Notre Dame College. Under his leadership, the College began a “Voyage of Discovery,” defining the future of Notre Dame for the next generation of college leaders. Ultimately, Dr. Roth foresees Notre Dame as one of the finest, small Catholic baccalaureate colleges in the Great Lakes region.
In the intervening years, Dr. Roth has decisively moved the College toward achieving this vision. He restructured the admissions operation and financial aid process resulting in record enrollment every year since 2003. Today, more than 1,300 full-time undergraduates attend Notre Dame College and the College’s total enrollment is more than 2,100 students.
Dr. Roth introduced major improvements to the campus facilities in order to enhance the educational experience. In 2004, a series of campus-wide renovations began with construction in the Clara Fritzsche Library. The completely remodeled second floor houses a Smart Classroom and the Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences, while the first floor is the site of a Starbucks-style coffee lounge that was expanded in early 2009. Dr. Roth also oversaw construction of the Legacy Walkway on the main quad of the campus, commemorating alumni, friends of the College, and the Sisters of Notre Dame.
In 2008, despite challenging economic times, the College began the most extensive series of on-campus construction projects in recent history. Ten new classrooms, 12 new faculty offices and new facilities for the Nursing Program were built. In addition, Christ the King Chapel was completely renewed and the Connelly Center Dining Hall dramatically renovated. The growth of Notre Dame’s student population necessitated the construction of two new residence halls with a combined capacity of 288 beds. North Hall, an apartment-style residence hall housing 84 students, opened in January 2009. South Hall opened its doors to 204 students for the fall semester of 2009, completing a residence quad similar to the one envisioned by the original campus architect in 1926. The College also constructed 215 new parking spaces.
Under Dr. Roth's leadership, Notre Dame has made strides to expand academic opportunities for students. The College initiated new programs, including the Intelligence Analysis and Research Program (IARP), criminal justice, and a fully-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. In fall 2008, Dr. Roth began the “Books That Changed the World” seminar series, a great books program for professional and civic leaders. Tenured in three different disciplines at his previous institution, Dr. Roth himself regularly teaches an undergraduate course, viewing himself as “a faculty member and teacher first.”
Notre Dame College is proud to present its third annual “Books That Changed the World” seminar.
A native of Canton, Ohio, Dr. Roth is committed to expanding the role of Notre Dame as a member of the Northeast Ohio community. Under his proactive leadership, the full-time faculty grew from 23 to 60 instructors and the number of full-time employees nearly doubled to 160. In 2004, Notre Dame hosted athletes for the International Children’s Games. In 2007, the College continued to set a standard for student diversity, ranking fourth among Midwestern Comprehensive Colleges for ethnic diversity by U.S. News & World Report. Notre Dame further continues to pursue its mission of promoting social justice by providing educational and archival resources through the Tolerance Resource Center located in the Clara Fritzsche Library.
Dr. Roth previously served as an administrator and tenured faculty member at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. His long and accomplished career encompassed finance, marketing, strategic planning, educational leadership and public policy. As an administrator, he served as dean and vice president for academic affairs. Previously, he was vice president of enrollment, where he set admissions and enrollment records, increased the academic quality of matriculating students and diversified the student body. Dr. Roth also served as chief information officer, where he coordinated the administrative and instructional technology systems and guided the inclusion of state-of-the-art instructional technology in a new $7.5 million academic building.
Dr. Roth has widely published on the topic of higher education recruitment and retention. He has delivered numerous papers and presentations on a variety of topics including strategic planning, the economics and history of the oil industry, administrative ethics, the impact of mass media on contemporary culture, and higher education finance and public policy. In 2001, he published College Savings and the Tax Code: A New Spin On The “Who Pays for Higher Education” Debate (NY: Garland Publishing, 2001), which the Review of Higher Education called “a major contribution to the literature of higher education finance.”
A self-described “lifelong learner,” Dr. Roth has a doctorate in Public Policy and Higher Education Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an MBA from Gannon University, an MA from Case Western Reserve University, and a BA from John Carroll University.
Dr. Roth is married to Judy Roth, a retired banking executive, and has three children and four grandchildren: Samantha Balbier and her husband Gerry and grandson Nathaniel of Pittsburgh, Paul Roth, his wife Kate and grandsons Alden and Conor and granddaughter Madeleine of State College, and son David of Rock Springs, WY.