With all-time high enrollment, Marian extends president’s contract through 2025

Marian University President Dan Elsener has received a contract extension through the 2024-25 school year after presiding over a period of intense growth at the private Catholic institution.

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Elsener, 65, has served in the role since 2001. Marian currently has the largest enrollment in its history, with 4,400 students. 

The school's board of trustees unanimously approved the extension at it most recent meeting, the school announced Monday.

“I am excited about Marian's bright future under Dan's leadership,” said Michael Becher, president of Marian University’s board of trustees. “Securing Dan's leadership of Marian University through 2025 will ensure we meet the goals of our ten year strategic plan. The Board of Trustees shares my excitement and is pleased to share Dan's bold vision for Marian University.”

Elsener previously signed a 10-year contract with the university in 2011, extending his run through 2021 at that point. Marian's spokesman declined to provide Elsener's salary to IBJ.

Prior to joining Marian University, Elsener served as a teacher, high school principal and superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Wichita in Kansas. He also served as superintendent of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and executive director of the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

Currently underway at the university is a $150 million fundraising campaign that formally launched in 2017, with college officials hoping to raise that amount by the end of 2021.

Marian is also about to launch a two-year college this fall, with the goal of enrolling students who are reluctant to seek higher education or who aren’t succeeding in traditional settings.

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