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About the ACCU President


On July 1, 2019, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities welcomed Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, CM, as its new president. 

A Detroit native, Fr. Holtschneider earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Niagara University in 1985. He studied for the priesthood at Mary Immaculate Seminary and was ordained in 1989. He received a doctorate in administration, planning and social policy in 1997 from Harvard University. Currently, he is a faculty member for several higher education leadership programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as the Boston College Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education.

Fr. Holtschneider has been honored widely for his work on a variety of issues. He holds eight honorary degrees, was listed among Diversity MBA Magazine's “Top 100 under 50” for fostering Diverse Executive Leaders, and holds various recognitions for his work on national immigration reform. In 2015, the American Council on Education honored him with its Council of Fellows Mentor Award.

Fr. Holtschneider observed, “Catholic colleges and universities are amazing institutions. They number among the finest research institutions. They move students from the bottom 20% of income distribution to the top 20% of income distribution better than any other sector of higher education. Their students graduate in higher numbers and with less debt. Ever faithful to their religious missions, they educate students to give back to a world in need. It will be a privilege to support these institutions as they do the sacred work of preparing the next generation for lives of faith and service.”


   Read Rev. Holtschneider's remarks on "Catholic Universities and the Church in Crisis," delivered in September 2019 on the campus of St. Mary's University in San Antonio.



Selected Publications:

  • "The Heart of Vincentian Higher Education," Journal of Vincentian Social Action, 2016, vol. 1, no. 2.
  • “Parallel Tracks: Strengthening Strategic Capacity on University Boards.” Trusteeship Magazine, November/December 2016.
  • “Raising Academic Quality: A Playbook,” Strategies for University Management, Business Expert Press, 2016.
  • “Strategy.” (2016) Innovative Concepts to Achieve Campus Transformation. Presidential Perspectives: Higher Education Thought Leadership Series, Edited by Scott D. Miller and Marylouise Fennell. 
  • “Refereeing Religion: Recent decisions of the NLRB.” Inside Higher Ed, January 28, 2016.
  • "Strategic Opportunities: Eight Chances to Strengthen the Church." America Magazine, November 2, 2015.
  • “Forward.” Living Illegal: The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration. Friedmann-Marquardt, Steigenga, Williams, Vasquez (NY: The New Press, 2013).
  • “Vincentian Education and Poverty Reduction.” Vincentian Heritage, November 2008.
  • “Leadership and the Age of the Laity: Emerging Patterns in Catholic Higher Education,” Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, Summer 2003. Written with Melanie M. Morey, Ed.D.
  • “Academic Ethics: State of the Field.” The Next Phase of Business Ethics: Integrating Psychology and Ethics (2001). Eds. John Dienhart, Dennis Moberg and Ronald Duska. Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, Volume 3, Series eds. Moses L. Pava and Patrick Primeaux. Oxford: Elsevier Science Ltd.
  • “Relationship Revisited: Catholic Institutions and Their Founding Congregations.” Occasional Papers, 47 (2000). Washington DC: Association of Governing Boards. Written with Melanie M. Morey, Ed.D.