Dr. Dennis Riegelnegg Resigns as Saint Joseph's President
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Posted by: Linda Meador
Dr. F. Dennis Riegelnegg
Announces Resignation as SJC President
Dr. F. Dennis
Riegelnegg has announced his resignation as Saint Joseph’s College president,
effective June 6, 2014.
Riegelnegg’s term, which began July 2009, was
highlighted by the 7,634 acres of farm real estate valued at more than $40
million gifted to the College through the Juanita Waugh Revocable Living Trust.
Riegelnegg’s term also saw the College reach its highest enrollment since 1971
in the 2013-14 academic year, the inception of the Master of Business
Administration and Forensic Science graduate programs, and the refinancing of the
College’s long-term debt. The College also froze its 2013-14 tuition and
offered a guaranteed tuition rate plan under Riegelnegg’s leadership. With the
help of the Fellows, phase one of the restoration of the Saint Joseph’s Chapel
began in August 2013; reconstruction of the twin towers is underway.
Riegelnegg has been instrumental in building
a collaborative relationship between SJC and Ivy Tech Community
College-Lafayette. The institutions have entered into a partnership that will
provide a convenient pathway for Ivy Tech students to earn a bachelor’s degree
in business or accounting from SJC. In April 2011, Ivy Tech and SJC established
transfer opportunities for graduates with associate of science degrees in
accounting, business administration, criminal justice, education, and liberal
arts. Under that agreement, Ivy Tech graduates can complete a bachelor’s degree
on the SJC campus.
Under Riegelnegg, SJC received several grant
awards, including $75,000 in the last three years from the Helen Brach Foundation
to develop a co-teaching model, improve campus sustainability, and improve the
retention rate of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
students. In early 2014, SJC received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment
to enhance and expand opportunities for the College’s graduates to find
meaningful employment in Indiana.
“SJC is losing a president who has been
totally dedicated to its students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and
friends,” said Ben Sponseller ’74,
Chairman of the SJC Board of Trustees.
Riegelnegg and his wife, Patti, look forward
to spending more time with their family as they await the birth of their first
An interim president will be named shortly as
the search for a replacement is conducted.
Named a "character-building
college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern
College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best
Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint
Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group
majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the
nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of
the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90
minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres
and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.
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