S T R A T E G I C  P L A N 

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L I G H T I N G  T H E  W A Y 

 As Thomas More University enters its second century, the University will propel itself forward through innovation and agility. Built on the themes of student success, academic innovation, and responsible stewardship, Thomas More University will be the premier regional Catholic University. By 2026, we will again be ranked as a top 50 U.S. News Best Regional College. 

 Student Success 

Central to the mission of the University and all academic and co-curricular activities is to ensure that every student (traditional, adult, graduate, and online) who joins the Thomas More community has the opportunity to pursue and complete a degree from Thomas More University. Priorities include: 

  • improving the student experience for all students 
  • creating a vibrant campus community with a wide range of cultural and intellectual activities
  • fostering a diverse and inclusive environment
  • strengthening the first-year and second-year experience to establish a firm foundation for success
  • providing academic and student support services to ensure students can be successful
  • strategically using the University’s resources to attract, retain, and graduate an academically prepared and diverse student body

By 2026, the University will:

  • increase retention and graduation rates across all programs and athletic sports 
  • expand the role of the Thomas More University Success Center and its accessibility by developing it as a learning commons with integrated space within the library
  • renovate athletic facilities
  • re-convert the Saints Center back to a student center and expand student life programming

 The Strategic Plan will require all of us to help make Thomas More its best self. Together, we can make an even more promising future for the University as its second century approaches. Thomas More University will define its future rather than reacting. to it. 

President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D.

Academic Innovation 

Thomas More provides a high-quality Catholic liberal arts education within a vibrant, intellectual community to ensure that every graduate has the knowledge and ability to contribute effectively to their place in the world and to fulfill their responsibility to others. The strength of a Thomas More education is built upon a diverse, intellectual, and teaching faculty who embrace their identity as teacher-scholars and are committed to the University’s mission and the success of every student. Priorities include: 

  • enhancing efforts to attract and retain highly qualified faculty dedicated to their teaching, scholarship, and service to the University and our students 
  • infusing diverse and global perspectives in curricular and co-curricular education
  • integrating high impact experiences into the curricular and co-curricular experience of every student’s learning program
  • supporting the professional development of the faculty
  • expanding and strengthening the regional academic reputation and reach of Thomas More
  • enhancing the positioning and reputation of the College of Business
  • creating a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students
  • revising general education requirements to reflect the values of a liberal arts education
  • increasing and enhancing quality online undergraduate and graduate programming that is personalized and prioritized to meet evolving professional opportunities
  • intentionally infusing our mission and values into all aspects of the teaching and learning experience

By 2026, the University will: 

  • establish the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship 
  • establish the Center for Faith, Mission, and Catholic Education
  • establish the Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation
  • enhance the Office of Global Engagement and International Learning
  • hire additional full-time faculty and ensure 75% of our courses are taught by full-time faculty
  • enhance prestige and academic reputation

Responsible Stewardship 

The overall success of the University requires strengthening the financial position through enrollment, endowment, and fundraising. Priorities include: 

  • growing enrollment through strategic enrollment management 
  • adding additional graduate and professional programs
  • assessing existing undergraduate programs to ensure mission focus and investment in signature programs
  • growing the endowment through increased contributions, planned giving, strategic investment of funds, and appropriate fiscal policies
  • strengthening the institution’s financial position as measured by the U.S. Department of Education
  • hosting a year-long celebration in recognition of 100th anniversary of Thomas More University
  • building external connections to lead and positively impact our regional community
  • fostering a strong sense of community and engagement for our alumni and donors

By 2026, the University will: 

  • enroll 1,500 traditional, full-time students 
  • enroll 1,000 adult, graduate, and online students
  • have an endowment of more than $40 million
  • have a US Department of Education Financial Responsibility Composite Score of 3.0

The strategic plan will require all of us to help make Thomas More its best self. Together, we can make an even more promising future for the University in its second century. Thomas More is defining its future rather than reacting to it. Thank you for your continued dedication and collaboration with us as we set forth to accomplish these goals together. 

For additional information about the Strategic Plan, contact Vice President for Strategy and Impact Kelly French ’02, by email or call 859.344.3619. 


Thomas More University is the Catholic Liberal Arts University of the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky. Inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, we challenge students of all faiths to examine the ultimate meaning of life, their place in the world, and their responsibility to others.