Dr. Chris Domes, Neumann’s Sixth President
Dr. Chris Everett Domes became the sixth president of Neumann University on July 17, 2017.
“I am tremendously grateful to the Neumann University Board of Trustees and the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for placing their trust in me to succeed Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, a nationally respected leader in Catholic higher education,” said Dr. Domes. “I know that I have big shoes to fill, and I am eager to build on her legacy at Neumann.”
“During my visits to campus, I was struck by the energy and passion for the mission of Neumann University. Together with the Neumann community, I am confident that we will continue to meet the unique opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.Anchored by its Catholic Franciscan mission, Neumann University has a bright future. My wife Mary and I are looking forward to serving and participating fully in the life of Neumann University.”
Dr. Domes believes that presidential leadership "requires reflective and thoughtful communication, followed by mission-centered decision-making and coupled with a high level of transparency. I look forward to building mutually beneficial relationships with every segment of the Neumann family."
He succeeds Dr. Rosalie M. Mirenda, who had been Neumann's president for 21 years and had served in various capacities at the University for 44 years.
"Dr. Domes has an impressive record of accomplishment that spans 31 years in higher education,” said James Delaney, chairperson of the Neumann University Board of Trustees. “He has led initiatives in strategic planning, fundraising, academic program expansion, enrollment management, community relations, technology access, and campus growth, but most of all, he is a proponent of Catholic Franciscan education.”
Dr. Domes comes to Neumann University from Silver Lake College, a Catholic Franciscan institution that offers undergraduate programs in a School of Liberal Arts, School of Professional Studies, and School of Education. The curriculum also includes programs for working professionals and students pursuing graduate studies in Business and Education. The student body is among the most diverse in Wisconsin.
Before serving as president of Silver Lake College, Dr. Domes held leadership positions in various enrollment management and student development capacities for 17 years at Marymount University in Virginia and for a decade at St. Bonaventure University in New York.
Dr. Domes holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University, and two degrees from St. Bonaventure University: an M.S.Ed. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A. in History and Secondary Education.