EVANSVILLE, Ind. (UE) – Thomas A. Kazee was formally installed as the University of Evansville’s 23rd president in a Saturday morning ceremony, Oct. 2, on UE’s Sesquicentennial Oval.

The ceremony, which included appearances by numerous dignitaries from the local and higher education communities, capped a week of inauguration events and activities, all designed to celebrate the unique features of the United Methodist-related University of Evansville experience, as well as the University’s relationship to the Evansville community.

A special worship service was held on Sunday morning, Oct. 3, with Bishop Mike Coyner preaching at Neu Chapel on the campus of the University of Evansville.

All community members were invited to take part in the week-long inauguration celebration.

“The inauguration of a new president at the University of Evansville offers us an opportunity to do much more than simply honor that individual,” Kazee said. “It has been an opportunity to renew our relationship with the Evansville community – to invite everyone to join together in celebrating the unique aspects of the University of Evansville and of the Evansville community.

“I am extremely excited by the energy that has surrounded this week, and the momentum it has created for the University of Evansville.”

Kazee came to the University of Evansville from Furman University, where he served as Provost and Executive Vice President.

Prior to his arrival at Furman in 2003, Dr. Kazee served for 18 years on the faculty at Davidson College, including a decade as Chair of the Department of Political Science, and four years as Dean of the College at the University of the South (Sewanee). He received a B.A. in political science from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, in 1974, and a Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University in 1978.

As the author of numerous journal articles and editor of “Who Runs for Congress: Ambition, Context and Candidate Emergence,” his work has been influential in shaping an understanding of American congressional election outcomes. A passionate advocate for the liberal arts, Dr. Kazee won Davidson’s prestigious Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award, chaired one of Davidson’s most highly regarded academic departments, and served as NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative.

For more information on Inauguration Week, please visit www.evansville.edu/inauguration.


Thomas and Sharon Kazee


“It has been an opportunity to renew our relationship with the Evansville community …”

– Thomas Kazee