Notre Dame College President Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D., Announces Retirement

Notre Dame College President Andrew P. Roth Announces Retirement

Updated 21 November 2013

Dr. Andrew P. Roth, 67, has announced his retirement as president of Notre Dame College effective June 30, 2014. Roth, the thirteenth president in the College's 91-year history, has served since July, 2003.

"I returned to Ohio just over a decade ago to assume the leadership of a beautiful, suburban, values-based college.  Embarking on a ‘Voyage of Discovery’ in 2003 to build a regional asset, Notre Dame’s transformation from a tiny school to the thriving institution it is today exceeds all my expectations. As a result of the teamwork of an excellent staff, faculty and dedicated trustees, Notre Dame today is a vibrant and dynamic campus -- one of the finest, small Catholic baccalaureate colleges in the Great Lakes region," said Dr. Roth in making the announcement.

Leading a college that had gone coeducational just two years previously, Roth recognized the need for the College to grow. His expertise in enrollment management proved to be the perfect fit at the right time.

As described in two doctoral dissertations and documented in the table below, Notre Dame College’s full-time enrollment grew 325 percent since 2003 while its total enrollment grew at a 193 percent rate. Dr. Roth attributed this to the outstanding work of the Admissions Office the past 10 years and the energetic and enthusiastic support of the College’s faculty, staff, coaches, alumni and friends.


Notre Dame Enrollment 2003 – 2013
Year Undergraduate
Graduate Total
2003 330 326 117 773
2013 1405 585 280 2270
Source: Notre Dame College Office of Institutional Research (2013). These are Fall enrollment numbers only and do not include Center for Professional Development students


Even in difficult economic times, Roth ensured that the College adhered to the values of its founders, the Sisters of Notre Dame, and to the College's mission of serving the underserved.

Notre Dame is an opportunity college where 98 percent of its current students receive financial aid. The responsibility to serve all - including the underprivileged - is the very core of a Notre Dame education. To quote Dr. Roth, "It is our moral and ethical responsibility as educators to teach our students not just how to earn a living but, more importantly, how to live a life."

Roth cites as his proudest accomplishments the establishment of an Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences (ASC), founding a Nursing program in 2006, the College’s great ethnic and religious diversity and the success in maintaining its commitment to access and affordability through its generous financial aid programs.

The ASC was created in 2005 and is today one of the College’s jewels. Serving over 130 students with learning disabilities, the ASC offers them the chance to succeed through state-of-the-art interventions, close personal attention and highly-skilled tutoring.

In 2006, Notre Dame started a baccalaureate nursing program; today that program enrolls over 200 students on the South Euclid campus and another 175 RN-BSN students online. It will begin offering a Master’s of Science in Nursing in Spring, 2014.

The College now offers more than 30 majors and programs at the associates, bachelor’s and master’s levels, and professional development courses for personal and career enhancement.

Scholarship opportunities greatly expanded under Roth. Recognizing a wide array of talents and abilities including honors/academics, cheerleading, marching band, choir, club sports and more, the campus population showcases a broad base of student interests and opportunities.

During Roth's presidency, the College has been recognized as a leader in diversity; approximately 26 percent of Notre Dame students are minorities; Notre Dame students come from over 20 states and 12 countries.

Roth quickly recognized a need to pay tribute to the accomplishments of many who have served the college. He created awards and events to celebrate outstanding students, graduates, employees and faculty. Roth initiated the Bosche Award, given to the outstanding member of the graduating class, and the Finn Award, granted to the year’s outstanding adult graduate. In 2006, he created the Notre Dame College Medal to annually recognize individuals whose exemplary lives witness to the College’s mission to educate for personal, professional and global responsibility.

A lifelong learner and bibliophile, in 2008 Roth created his signature "Books That Changed the World" seminar series, a great-books program for professional and civic leaders. Tenured in three different disciplines at his previous institution, Dr. Roth himself regularly teaches an undergraduate course, viewing himself as “a faculty member and teacher first.”

Since Roth's arrival just over a decade ago, Notre Dame College has attained numerous milestones in fund raising, employment, campus facilities, academic programs and athletics.

Fundraising successes gained significant momentum with more than $4 million raised in just the last year. The recent dedication of two new athletic fields, made possible by transformative private gifts, is visible testimony that generous donors are recognizing the importance of values-based, smaller, private schools.

Under Roth’s leadership, employment at the College increased dramatically. The number of full-time faculty grew from 23 to 63. The number of employees increased from less than a hundred to approximately 250, making the College the largest employer in the city of South Euclid and making South Euclid a true college town.

In 2004, Roth began a series of campus-wide renovations: Harks and Providence Residence Halls were remodeled and expanded; in 2005 the Quinlivan Circle was dedicated; the Clara Fritzsche Library was remodeled to include a smart classroom, the Falcon Cafe  and the Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences. In 2007, the Administration Building was remodeled to accommodate additional faculty offices, the Parker Nursing Laboratory and additional classroom space.

In 2008/2009, a much-needed series of facility improvements were completed, including the upgrading of campus dining facilities, the construction of two new apartment-style residence halls that house over 300 students, and greatly expanded classroom and laboratory spaces.

To signal the College’s commitment to its Catholic identity, in 2008, through the generous support of dedicated alumni and friends of the College, Christ the King Chapel was restored to its original glory.

The footprint of the campus grew substantially in 2010 with the acquisition of the former Regina High School. Today Regina Hall houses classrooms; offices for student organizations, adult and online programs, development and alumni, athletics and campus ministry; and Regina Chapel.

Under Roth's leadership, Notre Dame has made strides to expand academic opportunities for students. The College initiated new programs, including the Intelligence Analysis and Research Program (IARP), criminal justice, and a fully-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. Strategic growth of the College has included recognizing the needs of the adult student, and Roth created the means to offer many programs online and enhanced the College's graduate program offerings.

A catalyst for the College’s overall growth, Notre Dame athletics includes 24 intercollegiate sports for women and men. During Roth’s tenure, Notre Dame won two national championships in wrestling.  In 2012, the College joined the NCAA Division II. At Notre Dame student-athletes are students first, athletes second, as the College strictly adheres to the NCAA "Life in the Balance" philosophy which recognizes the need to properly focus on educating all students to be academically prepared, career-ready, good citizens and good people.


A native of Canton, Ohio, Andrew P. Roth has committed his life to higher education and the last decade to Notre Dame College. He previously served as an administrator and tenured faculty member at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. His long and accomplished career encompassed finance, marketing, strategic planning, educational leadership and public policy.

As a faculty member, he was a member of the English Department, founded the Communications Department and served as a professor of marketing in the Walker School of Business. As an administrator, he served as dean and vice president for academic affairs. Previously, he was vice president of enrollment, where he set admissions and enrollment records, increased the academic quality of matriculating students and diversified the student body.
Dr. Roth has widely published on the topic of higher education recruitment and retention. He has delivered numerous papers and presentations on a variety of topics including strategic planning, the economics and history of the oil industry, administrative ethics, the impact of mass media on contemporary culture, and higher education finance and public policy. In 2001, he published College Savings and the Tax Code: A New Spin On the “Who Pays for Higher Education” Debate (NY: Garland Publishing, 2001), which the Review of Higher Education called “a major contribution to the literature of higher education finance.”
A self-described “lifelong learner,” Dr. Roth has a doctorate in Public Policy and Higher Education Finance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an MBA in marketing and strategic planning from Gannon University, an MA in English from Case Western Reserve University and a BA in English and History from John Carroll University.
Dr. Roth is married to Judy Roth, a retired banking executive, and has three children and six grandchildren: Samantha Balbier and her husband Gerry and grandson Nathaniel and granddaughter Anna of Pittsburgh, PA, Paul Roth, his wife Kate and grandsons Alden and Conor and granddaughter Madeleine of State College, PA, and son David, his wife Sara and grandson Bo of Rock Springs, WY.