José Padilla Named President of Valparaiso University

The Board of Directors of Valparaiso University (“Valpo”) announced that it has named José D. Padilla as its next President. A dynamic innovator, thinker and natural leader, Padilla brings many skills, experiences and accomplishments in higher education which are ideally suited to the University’s needs today and in the future.

Padilla joins Valpo as the culmination of a long and successful career in higher education. Most recently, he served as Vice President, University Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado System. Prior to that, he served 15 years successfully in a number of senior leadership roles at DePaul University in Chicago, the most recent role as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary.

“We are delighted to have found such an exceptional leader for our University,” said Frederick G. Kraegel, Chair of the Board of Directors. “José’s deep and varied background in all aspects of higher education make him ideally suited to lead Valpo.”

“I am humbled and grateful to be asked to lead Valparaiso University,” said Padilla. “Its storied past, exceptional programs, devoted faculty, motivated students, committed alumni and strong Lutheran Christian ethos all attracted me to this incredible opportunity,” Padilla said.

WittKieffer’s Dennis Barden and Jessica Herrington led this search.

Read the press announcement.