Thomas W. Keefe, J.D. began his term as the eighth president of the University of Dallas on March 1, 2010.
President Keefe believes firmly that a liberal education is integral to humanity and human culture, and that it is vitally important for American and Western civilization to survive and flourish. President Keefe was drawn to UD by the academic rigor and enthusiastic Catholic fidelity found here, which know no parallel.
A national and international leader on issues related to Catholic higher education, President Keefe attended an international congress at the Vatican on Catholicism in the Americas in December 2012 and he serves as a member of a working group of select Catholic university presidents that is a committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Catholic higher education. In the last year, he has visited six countries on four continents as a representative of the University of Dallas.
Under President Keefe's leadership, UD has enjoyed steady growth in enrollment, welcoming record-breaking freshman classes in three of the last five years, and announcing its largest gift ever—$12 million from MBA graduates Satish and Yasmin Gupta to build a new home for the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business: SB International Hall. The new hall is slated to open in 2016.
A student of Catholic institutions from kindergarten on through college, President Keefe's own life was transformed by Catholic education. He majored in history at Benedictine College before earning a J.D. at the University of Kansas. Twenty years ago, he changed his career as an attorney and corporate executive in order to return to Catholic higher education. Before coming to the University of Dallas, President Keefe was Vice President of University Advancement at St. Louis University.
President Keefe's daughter, Margaret, is a third year law student at UCLA, and his son, Morgan, recently graduated from St. Olaf College.