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A Message from President Bro. Bernie Ploeger, S.M., Ph.D.


Bro. Bernard Ploeger, S.M.

At Chaminade University we are dedicated to educating each of our students as a whole person. Through a rich curriculum and student support services, we offer learning experiences in and out of the classroom that provide opportunities to develop personal competencies, spiritual values and professional skills. We also believe that our graduates will have much to contribute to improving their communities, and we encourage leadership development and service learning.

College is a special time in our students’ lives. I encourage you to take a close look at Chaminade, and see if it is the right fit for you. Please let us know how we can help. Take a few moments to watch the video link below. I think this video is a good introduction to the campus and spirit of Chaminade University.

Warmest aloha,

Bro. Bernard Ploeger



Brother Bernard Ploeger, S.M., Ph.D.


Brother Bernard Ploeger, S.M., Ph.D. received his doctorate from The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio in 1975. He also received his M.S. degree in 1973 from The Ohio State University and was an N.D.E.A. Fellow there from 1971-74. He received his B.S. degree in 1971 (summa cum laude) from the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Invited by the late Dr. Sue Wesselkamper, Bro. Ploeger has served Chaminade University in the capacity of executive vice president and provost since 2001. Before coming to Chaminade, he was the vice president for administration/ senior vice president for administration for the University of Dayton from 1986 to 2001. He concurrently served on the Provincial Council as a councilor. He has taught mathematics as an instructor at the University of Dayton and as an assistant professor at Wilberforce University in Ohio.

Bro. Ploeger has co-authored three refereed papers published during the period of faculty service at the University of Dayton (1976-80) relating to the differential equations to model the transport of sugar/starch in sugar beets and Projet Tapis Vert. He has also served as a member of a WASC visiting team for California Graduate Institute (2004) and Maui Community College (2005).

More Information:
» About the President
» Strategic Plan (pdf document)