New Provost and Other Administrative Updates Announced



Ave Maria University President Christopher Ice has appointed Roger W. Nutt. S.T.L., S.T.D. to the position of Provost effective October 1, 2020. In his new role, Dr. Nutt will work more closely with the president to move the University’s strategic initiatives forward while continuing to absorb the duties of vice president of academic affairs.

“During my leave of absence, Dr. Nutt stepped in as the acting president and did a terrific job handling the day-to-day University affairs,” said Ice. “This solidified my desire to instill the position of Provost. I am excited to have Dr. Nutt work alongside me to progress the many aggressive initiatives we have planned for Ave Maria University.”

Dr. Nutt earned his Bachelor’s of Elective Studies from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and after a conversion to the Catholic faith, he completed his Masters of Arts in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. In 1999, Nutt was accepted in the doctoral program at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy, where he earned his Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) in 2000 and his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in 2002. After successfully defending his Dissertation: “Christus Sacerdos et Mediator: Thomistic Christology and Vatican II’s Call for Theological Renewal,” he earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) in 2005.

Dr. Nutt began his career in 2002 as an instructor of Theology at Aquinas College in Nashville, TN. In 2006, he accepted a position at Ave Maria University as an assistant professor of Theology and was promoted to Associate Professor of Theology in 2009 and later served as the Director of the M.A. Theology program from 2011-17. In addition to his undergraduate teaching, he regularly taught courses in the M.A. and Ph.D. Programs on Thomas Aquinas, Christology, and Sacramental Theology. In 2017, Dr. Nutt was appointed to the position of vice-president of academic affairs.

President Ice also announced other updates in his administration, including appointing Brent Johnson to the new position of executive director of capital projects and facilities operations. Johnson will oversee physical plant and the numerous building projects planned at the University along with handling emergency management while reporting to Chief Financial Officer, Eugene Munin.

The campus bookstore will now be under the leadership of Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Kevin Murphy.

Fr. Rick Martignetti, OFM, will continue as chaplain but now oversee the Mother Teresa Project. He will report directly to President Ice. Michael O’Donnell will continue as the Director of the Mother Teresa Project reporting to Fr. Martignetti.

Ave Maria University is in the process of hiring a new Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management https://www.avemaria.edu/human-resources/employment-opportunities/#staff-positions


Largest Estate Gift in Ave Maria University’s History



Ave Maria University President Christopher Ice is pleased to announce the University has received its largest estate gift in its short 13-year history. The Mary M. Ullen Revocable Trust has gifted the University $3.9 million to use for scholarships for future students.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of benefactors and great friends. Mary & Robert Ullen loved Ave Maria University and our students. The Ullen’s saw the positive impact this University is having on our culture and wanted to help Ave Maria University remain affordable.

I am grateful to our Director of Advancement, Pat O’Connell, for his great work on navigating this gift and for our new Vice-President of Advancement, Tim Dockery, and his team for their hard work in making this a reality. What a blessing to our students! Please join me in lifting up Mary & Robert Ullen in a prayer of thanksgiving for the impact their gift will have on generations to come.”

Ave Maria University has approximately 1,100 students and offers a liberal arts curriculum featuring 31 majors thus answering the call of Ex Corde Ecclesiae to bring the various disciplines together for mutual enhancement.