Dr. Robert Ivany
Dr. Robert Ivany became the eighth president of the University of St. Thomas in 2004. Prior to his retirement from the Army with the rank of Major General, Dr. Ivany presided over one of the nation’s most respected institutions for the education of strategic leaders: the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. He also served in a number of unique positions including the Army Aide to the President of the United States from 1984-1986 and assistant professor of history and football coach at the Military Academy at West Point.
Dr. Ivany serves on the Board of Directors for the International Council of the Universities of St. Thomas Aquinas, Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Greater Houston Partnership, Sam Houston Area Council-Boy Scouts of America and The Health Museum, and as Immediate Past Chairman of Mental Health America of Greater Houston.
Dr. Ivany has received the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom, the Humanitarian Medal from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Association, the Americanism Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution, the George Washington Award for Distinguished Service from the Sons of the American Revolution, the Director’s Award from the U.S. Secret Service, the Admiral Thomas J. Hamilton Award for Leadership and, together with his spouse, the Aaron and Hur Award from the United States Army Chaplaincy.
In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, he received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Dr. Ivany will retire from UST at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year (June 30, 2017), assuming the role as president emeritus and, for a period of time, advisor to incoming president Dr. Richard Ludwick. He has served UST with distinction and integrity, consistently modeling faith and character synonymous with the Basilian, Catholic tradition. His leadership has provided stability and unprecedented growth since he and Mrs. Ivany began their tenure in 2004. He will leave an impressive legacy of accomplishments, which will be reflected for many years to come as our graduates continue to positively impact their professions and to be a force for good in society.