Valparaiso University has named José Padilla president. He most recently served as vice president, university counsel and secretary of the University of Colorado System. Prior to that, Padilla served 15 years in a number of senior leadership roles at DePaul University in Chicago.

Padilla will serve as President-Elect beginning on Jan. 1. He and Interim President Colette Irwin-Knott will work together to transition the role before he becomes President on or before March 1.

Padilla received his Bachelor of Education in elementary education from The University of Toledo, and his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School. 

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