Ohio Dominican University

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Ohio Dominican University
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Former names
College of St. Mary of the Springs (1911–1968)
Ohio Dominican College (1968–2002)
Motto"Contemplare et contemplata aliis tradere" (Latin)
Motto in English
To contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation
Established1911;111 years ago (1911)
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Dominican Order)
Academic affiliations
Endowment $18.9 million (2020) [1]
President Connie Gallaher
Academic staff
Location, ,

39°59′34″N82°56′28″W / 39.9927°N 82.9411°W / 39.9927; -82.9411 Coordinates: 39°59′34″N82°56′28″W / 39.9927°N 82.9411°W / 39.9927; -82.9411
CampusUrban, 75 acres (300,000 m2)
Colors    Black & yellow [2]
Nickname Panthers
Sporting affiliations
Website www.ohiodominican.edu
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Ohio Dominican University is a private Dominican liberal arts university in Columbus, Ohio. The university has approximately 1,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors as well as nine graduate degree programs.



The College of St. Mary of the Springs was chartered in 1911 as an all-women's school. It became coeducational in 1964 and changed its name to Ohio Dominican College four years later. In 2002, its name changed to Ohio Dominican University. [3]


Ohio Dominican offers 40 undergraduate degree programs.

The Charles School

The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University opened in 2007 with the goal to significantly improve college success for young people in Central Ohio. The public charter high school is part of a nationwide network of Early College High Schools initiated through funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other organizations. The Charles School (TCS) is open to all Ohio students entering the 9th grade, with a target population of students who have a desire to go to college and would be the first in their family to do so. Students have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and up to 62 hours of college credit and/or an associate degree, at no cost to the student.


The Ohio Dominican teams, nicknamed the Panthers, compete in the NCAA Division II as members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC). [4] ODU joined the GMAC on July 1, 2017. Ohio Dominican originally joined the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2010 as part of the transition to NCAA Division II from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). [5] The university currently offers 16 varsity sports including: men's and women's basketball, baseball, cheerleading (Football, both men's and women's basketball), men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's track and field (indoor and outdoor), and women's volleyball.

Notable alumni and faculty


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ODU graduates


Sister Stephanie Mohun1911–1914
Sister Constance Keelty1914–1917
Sister Justina Hogan1917–1920
Sister Maria Theresa1920–1923
Sister Regina Murphy1923–1926
Sister Adele Heffley1926–1932
Sister Bernardine Lynam1932–1935
Sister Aloyse Fitzpatrick1935–1944
Sister Anacletus Oger1944–1947
Sister Angelita Conley1947–1964
Sister Suzanne Uhrhane1964–1978
Sister Mary Andrew Matesich1978–2001
Jack Calareso, Ph.D.2001–2007
The Most Rev. James A. Griffin2007–2008
Brian Nedwek, Ph.D.2008–2009
Ronald J. Seiffert2009–2010
Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D.2010–2017
Robert Gervasi, Ph.D.2017–June 2021
Connie Gallaher, R.N., M.S.June 2021–current

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