Notre Dame College President to Step Down on June 30, 2019

Notre Dame College President Thomas G. Kruczek has announced that he will step down as the College’s top administrator on June 30, 2019.

He cited personal family reasons for his decision. Kruczek informed the College’s Board of Trustees of his intention to resign in order to return to Florida with his wife to spend time with her elderly mother.

Kruczek became the College’s 14th president in its 97 year history in July of 2014. He came to Notre Dame after serving as Dean of the College of Business and Management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where he had been since 2011. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1979.

His passion for the liberal arts and his abiding belief in the relevance and value in providing an outstanding liberal arts education for students were evident in everything he did. He encouraged every student and every faculty member to look at life through an entrepreneur’s eyes and believes strongly that our country’s future rests on individuals with strong critical thinking skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a broad knowledge base that trains them to see the "big picture."

Since Kruczek’s arrival at the South Euclid campus five years ago, he has directed significant change, including:

  • Completion and execution of a strategic plan to provide focused priorities for the College through 2022;
  • Receipt of the largest gift to support STEM education in the history of the College;
  • Creation of the Falcons’ Nest student center, a place for students to relax, study, enjoy entertainment and get together;
  • Establishment of the Enterprise Development Center, a dedicated on-campus space created to support the growth of the overall entrepreneurship program at Notre Dame and secure paid on-campus internship experiences for students in all majors;
  • Launch of the Caring Hearts fund to help students faced with unexpected dire financial emergencies that might otherwise force them to abandon their college plans;
  • Establishment of the FirstGen Center, an innovative mentoring initiative designed to provide support to undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college;
  • Creation of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to lead the assessment and evaluation of academic and nonacademic programs and how they further the College’s strategic plan and budget priorities;
  • Completion of the successful reaccreditation of the College by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC);
  • Establishment of the Genesis Fund.

As the president of the College, Kruczek has ensured that Notre Dame adheres to the values of its founders, the Sisters of Notre Dame, and to the College's mission of serving the underserved, particularly students with learning differences and those in need of financial aid.

The College’s Board of Trustees has initiated the process to name the College’s next president.

April 2019


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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 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.

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