DePaul’s 13th President Dr. Robert L. Manuel

An accomplished leader who brings 30 years of academic excellence in higher education, President-elect Manuel has dedicated his career to creating life-changing opportunities for students.

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Message from the President-Elect

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Robert L. Manuel


North Adams, Massachusetts

Current position:
President, University of Indianapolis

Ph.D. in higher education administration, New York University
Master’s in higher education, Syracuse University
Bachelor’s in history and political science, Allegheny College

President-elect Manuel and his wife, Wilmara, have three daughters: Sophia, Alexandra and Margaux.

Favorite college class:
Chinese Calligraphy – Communication and Art

Favorite food:
Anything Thai, Indian and spicy

Top playlist:
“This is Victor Wooten” on Spotify

Currently binge watching:
The Great Pottery Throwdown

“I’m inspired by the life-changing opportunities a DePaul education creates for its students, as well as the community it has built for faculty and staff. The Vincentian charism of DePaul provides grounding for forward-looking opportunities in a time of necessary change in higher education, and I am excited to lead DePaul to a bright tomorrow.”

–Robert L. Manuel, President-Elect of DePaul University


Welcome Day

Trustees, faculty, staff, students – and university mascot DIBS – welcomed President-elect Manuel and his family to the DePaul community at events hosted throughout the day on Tuesday, May 10.

Press Release

On Tuesday, May 10, DePaul University announced Robert L. Manuel will serve as its 13th president. The University of Indianapolis leader brings 30 years of academic excellence in higher education to DePaul.