Viterbo University president resigns, will take same role at university in Illinois

Temple has served as the Viterbo President since 2017.

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Viterbo University is looking for a new leader.

The University announced Tuesday morning that current president Glena Temple will resign June 25th.

Temple is leaving to become the president at Dominican University near Chicago.

Temple started with the university in 2001, before becoming the University’s president in 2017.

She says was not looking for a new position, but that now is the time for a change.

“I feel like I’ve accomplished all that is mine to do at Viterbo. I also believe this is the right time for a new voice to lead the university during this next period that has so much potential,” said Viterbo University President Glena Temple.

Rick Trietley, Executive Vice President for Student Success at Viterbo, will serve as interim president.

“I just hope to keep us moving in the right direction to make sure it’s not just a lost year where we don’t move forward at all. That happens some times with organizations during transition. So my job is to make sure we continue to improve,” said Rick Trietley, Executive Vice President for Student Success at Viterbo.

The Viterbo Board of Trustees will meet in the fall to review next steps for naming a permanent president.

A full statement from Viterbo’s Board of Trustees is available here.

A full video message from Temple is available here.