From a Dream to Reality: O. P. Kretzmann's Vision for Valparaiso University

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Joseph T. Finke


In his 1940 inaugural address, Valparaiso University President O.P. Kretzmann spoke of his vision for a Christian university. During his 28-year tenure at Valpo, he further defined his vision in speeches and articles. Kretzmann argued a Christian university (a) seeks truth for all, (b) is in the van of progress, (c) is the meeting of Jerusalem and Athens, (d) places Christ at its center, and (e) is focused on students. This article examines these five themes and compares Kretzmann’s vision to actual events and initiatives during his tenure. 


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Finke, J. T. (2021). From a Dream to Reality: O. P. Kretzmann’s Vision for Valparaiso University. Journal of the Student Personnel Association at Indiana University, 49, 20–29. Retrieved from