Office of the President
Dr. Thomas W. Krise
The Board of Regents announced that Dr. Thomas Krise will start his term as the 11th President of the University on August 6, 2018. UOG’s Board of Regents (BOR) selected Dr. Krise, a retired Air Force officer who served as President of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, to succeed Dr. Robert Underwood as head of the institution.
“I’m honored to become a part of the University community, thankful to the Board of Regents for their confidence in me, and I look forward to listening and learning UOG’s rich story from the students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who have made it what it is and set it on the path to greatness. UOG is a unique institution with the distinctive purpose of serving the people of Guam and the whole Micronesian region. Dr. Underwood’s leadership has been inspiring and I look forward to building on his tremendous legacy. My wife, Patty, and I are excited to become Tritons and contribute to the University’s mission: Ina, Diskubre, Setbe—to Enlighten, to Discover, and to Serve,” says Dr. Thomas Krise.
Thomas W. Krise, Ph.D., graduated from All Saints Cathedral School on St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He earned a B.S. in history from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.S.A. in human resources management from Central Michigan University, an M.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. He served 22 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served on the faculty of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, as a Senior Military Fellow of the Institute for National Strategic Studies in Washington, and as Vice Director of the National Defense University Press.
Formerly, he was President of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Prior to PLU, he was Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Krise was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and has published numerous articles and other works, including Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777 (1999) and Literary Histories of the Early Anglophone Caribbean: Islands in the Stream (2018).
* Indicates President Emeritus status conferred by UOG Board of Regents.
The University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability continues to build global partnerships with universities and governing bodies. On Dec. 17, a delegation from Indonesia visited UOG to exchange lessons on sustainable island development.