President Roloff announces retirement plans

President ReBecca Koenig Roloff ‘76 plans to retire next year, at the conclusion of her eighth year leading St. Catherine University. A search committee, convened by the chair of the St. Catherine University Board of Trustees, has begun a national search for her replacement and will guide the transition process.

“Becky has led St. Kate’s through tumultuous times locally with the murder of George Floyd, nationally with dramatic changes in higher education, and internationally with the first pandemic in 100 years,” said Jean Wincek ‘62, CSJ, Chair of the Board of Trustees at St. Catherine University. “With insight, courage and commitment to the mission of educating women to lead and influence, Becky will leave our beloved university in a strong position as a vibrant Catholic institution with the liberal arts woven through every fiber of its academic programming.” 

St. Catherine University has a proud history of being led by women, with Roloff installed as its 11th president in 2016. The inauguration event in October of that year earned her praise from Rep. Betty McCollum on the House floor. Her initial 5-year contract was extended by the Board of Trustees in 2021. 

During Roloff’s term, she led the University through an impressive list of accomplishments, including:

  • Reaffirming the University’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation in 2023.
  • Creating and implementing a 10-year strategic plan, Setting our Sails 2028.
  • Successfully launching LEAD AND INFLUENCE: the Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence — this record-setting campaign expects to successfully conclude November 1, 2023.
  • Consolidating two campuses into one unified campus in St. Paul, creating greater cohesiveness and a more streamlined experience for students.
  • Completing campus-wide infrastructure improvements that have significantly enhanced the functionality and longevity of University systems and the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

“My professional life was launched when I came through Gate 1 as a first generation student in August of 1972,” Roloff wrote in a message to the University community. “The circle will close 52 years later in a role that is the privilege of my career. The life afforded to me because of my education at St. Kate’s drives all decisions and choices I make as president so that others have the same chance I did.

Roloff’s plans for retirement include enjoying more of her time as a grandmother of four and resuming some of the hobbies and passions that were put on hold while serving as president.

"I am forever a grateful Katie," concluded Roloff.