22 July 2021
Dear Ave Maria University Community,
In early July, the Chairman of Ave Maria University’s Board of Trustees shared the following news with the University community: “[Due to various circumstances, President Christopher P. Ice] has made the decision to step down from his position as President. He has offered his resignation and will serve as a special consultant over the next several months to the Board and the Administration of Ave Maria University. We appreciate Chris’ service to the University and his faithful devotion to Our Blessed Mother, and wish him and his family the very best. I am grateful to share that Dr. Roger Nutt will be serving as interim President.”
Since that time, the University has received many questions about the Board’s plans to replace President Ice. Chairman Rainey anticipates an announcement about the next president before the end of 2021. “The Board is actively pursuing the fourth president of Ave Maria University,” Rainey confirmed, “I am extremely excited about the future of the University, and we look forward to sharing the news at the earliest possible date.” Rainey added that the next president will be “unwaveringly committed to the University’s Catholic identity and mission, and passionate about fulfilling Tom Monaghan’s founding vision.” Rainey went on to cite the University’s record incoming freshmen class, record number of transfer students, record fundraising, and major building initiatives throughout the campus as solid evidence of the University’s growth and optimistic outlook.
In the short-term, Rainey expressed that the Board has the highest confidence in Dr. Roger Nutt as interim president. “Dr. Nutt has served the University with distinction for over 15 years. He’s been a popular theology professor, accomplished researcher and author, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, and most recently, has served as our Provost.” Dr. Nutt has also previously stepped into the role of interim president, providing much needed leadership during times of transition.
“I am honored to serve in this capacity to ensure Ave Maria University maintains its positive trajectory, but I am not alone. I am blessed and supported by a stellar team of senior administrators, staff and faculty that is the envy of Catholic higher education,” said Nutt.
The Board of Ave Maria University invites all friends and constituencies to stay tuned for future updates and announcements and to consider praying an Ave Maria for Ave Maria University.