University President: Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.
Dear Members of the University of Portland Community,
I wanted you all to know that I informed the University’s Board of Regents today that I have decided that this will be my last year as president of the University. I have had the great fortune to serve this fine institution for the past eleven years, ten as your president. I look forward to working with you throughout this academic year and meeting our goals for the Rise Campaign which will conclude at the end of this fiscal year.
My experience here at UP has been nothing short of extraordinary and I will always cherish my time here on The Bluff. It has been my good fortune and blessing to work with an incredible group of faculty and staff, and to share my time here with wonderfully gifted and talented students.
Thank you for all you do for this wonderful place. I appreciate the gifts that each of you bring. Know that you continue to be in my prayers daily.
Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C.
Father Beauchamp has noted, “Countless people have contributed to the University’s successes during my tenure – the Board of Regents, the Congregation of Holy Cross, fellow officers of the University, faculty, staff, students, parents, benefactors, alumni, elected officials, neighbors, foundations, local businesses, and anyone who believes in our mission of educating the heart, the hands, and the mind.”
Despite his modesty, Beauchamp’s dedicated leadership has steered the University over this past decade. The University has risen to remarkable heights since 2003. Here is a list of some of the many accomplishments over the past ten years:
- Numerous new or renovated buildings including: two new residence halls (Fields and Schoenfeldt); the new Bell Tower; renovation and expansion of Donald P. Shiley Hall and Bauccio Commons; renovation of Clark Library; remodel of Chapel of christ the Teacher and Romanaggi Hall; Chiles Center expansion; Marian Garden updates; and upgrades in Shipstad, Kenna, and Villa Maria residence halls.
- Record highs in enrollment, applications, retention, and the academic profile of our incoming students.
- Applications for admissions more than tripled since 2003; and the number of students enrolled is at its highest level in history.
- Top national rankings among our peers in Fulbright awards won by students, community service, Peace Corps Volunteers per capita, and entrepreneurship programs.
- Faculty that is unparalleled in their dedication to being an intellectual, cultural, scholarly, creative, and spiritual resource for our students.
- NCAA Division I national championship in women’s soccer.
- Dozens of athletic and academic all-Americans, and 21 West Coast Conference championships in all sports.
- Purchase of the 35-acre River Campus.
- Most diverse student population in our history, both geographically and ethnically.
- Being named the top university in Oregon for “return on investment” by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in 2011 and 2012.
- Established innovative programs such as the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture.
- Established the Dundon-Berchtold Initiative in Applied Ethics.
- Developed successful new undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
- Hosted esteemed campus visitors such as President George W. Bush, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, four Nobel Peace Prize laureates (His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu, F.W. de Klerk, and Kim Dae-jung), authors Michael Pollan and Jonathan Kozol, and American icon Bob Dylan.
- Raised more money than ever before in the University’s history — a record $163 million and counting towards the $175 million goal for the Rise Campaign.
- Established hundreds of new scholarships for deserving students.
Fr. Beauchamp will continue to serve as president through June 2014. There is no doubt that the list of accomplishments will be even longer as his term as president comes to a close next summer.