DEPAUL — DePaul President Rev. Dennis Holtschneider is moving on to a new post with Ascension, the nation's largest nonprofit health system and the largest Catholic health system in the world.
Holtschneider had already announced last year that he'd be leaving his post as university president at the end of the current school year. The move was announced Thursday by Ascension, and Holtschneider declined additional comment.
Holtschneider served 13 years as DePaul president, but was recently embroiled in free-speech issues on the campus, as well as persistent criticism of the university deal with the city to build a new sports arena at McCormick Place.
Holtschneider, who already serves as chairman of the Ascension Board of Directors, will become its executive vice president and chief operations officer, overseeing the Ascension Solutions Division subsidiaries of Ascension Information Services and the Ascension Ministry Service Center, as well as Ascension’s national Strategy and Advocacy functions. With the move set to take effect July 1, he'll step down as board chairman and a new one will be appointed.
"We are grateful that Father Dennis Holtschneider has agreed to apply his determination, his vision and his skills in a more direct, day-to-day way to our ministry," said Ascension President Anthony Tersigni in a statement. "I’m looking forward to working more closely with him as we provide compassionate, personalized care with special attention to people living in poverty and those most vulnerable."
DePaul spokeswoman Carol Hughes said the process of finding a new university president continues and is "on track."
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