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DePaul President Holtschneider To Take Academic Leave

By Paul Biasco | March 5, 2014 2:06pm
 DePaul University president Dennis Holtschneider.
DePaul University president Dennis Holtschneider.
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LINCOLN PARK— The president of DePaul University will be taking an academic leave for five months starting in August.

Dennis Holtschneider announced the leave from August 1 through December 31 in an email to faculty Wednesday morning.

Holtschneider plans to take a revolving position of "president-in-residence," at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, according to the announcement.

Patricia O'Donoghue will take over as interim president and plans to retire Jan. 1, 2015, when Holtschneider returns.

While at Harvard, Holtschneider will teach a graduate-level course on leadership and governance in higher education while working on a writing project, according to the email.

Holtschneider has taught in the Harvard Graduate School of Education's summer Management Development Program since 2008, and said in the email the leave "is very much a Homecoming for me."

"While I am taking time next fall for some writing and relaxation, I am also looking forward to returning with redoubled energy to work alongside you," the email states.

O'Donoghue is currently interim provost. When she takes over as interim president, David Miller will serve as interim provost for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The emailed announcement also dispels "campus conversations" about whether or not Holtschneider was going to apply for the open presidency of St. John's University, where he began as a faculty member 25 years ago. Holtschneider said he did not apply for the job.