Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., serves as the twentieth president of the University of Portland. 

Inaugurated in 2014, Fr. Poorman has set a bold course for the University’s advancement with “Vision 2020,” the institution’s strategic plan. His leadership has centered on enhancing UP’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership. He has overseen sustainable growth in enrollment and the three most successful fundraising years in the University’s history. In addition to his duties as president, Fr. Poorman is a professor of theology and teaches a popular course on moral development and applied ethics called “The Character Project.”

“It is a blessing to lead and serve the University of Portland,” Fr. Poorman says. “As a Catholic university, we view faith, reason, and reflection as critical components of the educational experience. We guide and walk with students as they connect with who they are and determine how they will respond to the needs of the world and its human family. Our dedication to the formation of both mind and heart allows UP to occupy a distinctive place in American higher education.”