Secretary of the University
Vice President for Teaching and Learning Resources
Senior Executive for University Mission
The Rev. Edward R. Udovic, CM, PhD, a church historian specializing in the history of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), has been senior executive for university mission
since he joined DePaul in 1995. In February 2001, he was elected university secretary
and in 2006 was named vice president for Teaching and Learning Resources. He has served on the Members of the Corporation since 1994 and been its secretary since 1995.
An associate professor in DePaul's History Department, Father Udovic is a scholar of the history of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Vincentians. He has authored many articles, chapters, and translations and lectured widely on Vincentian topics. His books include "Jean-Baptiste Étienne and the Vincentian Revival" (Vincentian Studies Institute, 2001).
Fr. Udovic continues to play a leading role in establishing DePaul as the premier international site for research and scholarship into Vincentian history, spirituality, leadership, and praxis. His most recent accomplishment was bringing the Vincentian Studies Institute of the United States (founded in 1979) under the university’s sponsorship.
Fr. Udovic frequently has been tapped to lead or participate in university-wide endeavors, including recent executive level searches, the presidential inauguration and strategic planning efforts. On two occasions he has served as acting vice president for Human Resources; he has served as the acting director of the Office of the General Counsel and from 2001-2006 served as vice president for Administration. He chairs several employee reward and recognition programs, including the Spirit of DePaul award (recognizing employees for their Vincentian leadership and service), the McHugh Quality Service award for staff, and the Via Sapientiae Award (the university's highest award for faculty and staff). He is also chair of the university’s Vincentian Endowment Fund. Finally he serves as president of the university’s chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi.
He received his Bachelor's degree in history from DePaul in 1976. He was ordained at DeAndreis Seminary in 1984 and earned a Master of Divinity degree at the DeAndreis Institute of Theology the same year. He received a Master's degree in Modern European History at Saint Louis University in 1989. Fr. Udovic was awarded his PhD in church history at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 1997, and received the department's Bishop Thomas Shahan Prize for Excellence in the Study of Church History.