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Academic Excellence & Innovation

Academic Center $14M

Setting the Stage for Academic Excellence and Innovation



The new Academic Center will become the flagship facility on our campus.



+ expanded curriculum & new programs

+ increased collaboration between science and business programs

+ more simulation-based learning

= increased outreach to the local business community and students better equipped to serve as highly adaptable ethical leaders
























On Saturday, April 23, 2022, Thomas More University held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the academic center that will house advanced technology and state-of-the-art classroom environments. To read more about this, click HERE.

Renderings of the new academic building can be seen below.


“Thomas More’s new academic center moves our vision for expanded signature programs and new initiatives closer to becoming a reality as we enter the University’s second century. ...The academic center will increase our opportunities to foster engagement and collaboration that benefit not only our students, but also the Greater Cincinnati community.” Judith A. Marlowe '69, Ph.D.

The new Academic Center will house several key programs and initiatives.

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business is one of Thomas More University’s fastest growing schools — serving more than 30% of the student population. This is driving our need to construct a new facility to best serve our students. We offer programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the fields of accounting, business and business administration, sports and entertainment marketing, and information systems that not only educate our students but also provide an ethical foundation that will inspire them to become the future business leaders of Northern Kentucky.

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business is the second named college at Thomas More thanks to one of the largest capital campaign gifts provided by the Robert W. Plaster Foundation. To read the release about this outstanding gift and organization, click HERE

The Robert W. Plaster College of Business recently spearheaded the launch of the inaugural Saints Sustainability Celebration Day, bringing sustainability awareness to campus and prioritizing the effort in business course offerings. For more information, click HERE.


Dr. Anthony ’65 and Geraldine ’66 Zembrodt Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Dr. Anthony ’65 and Geraldine ’66 Zembrodt Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation aspires to provide an incubator space for students, faculty, and staff to explore and test ideas before advancing them as initiatives within the University or in their communities. Staff and faculty in the Center will encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and assist students and members to advance new business ideas from concept to implementation.

The Center named Jeni Al Bahrani ’05 as director in January 2023 as the University strives to become the innovation destination for young entrepreneurs in the region. To learn more about the Center, click HERE.

A partnership with local non-profit Square 1 provides scholarships for local high school students who win the annual Next Pitch Event to attend Thomas More. More information on this partnership and the student winners in 2022, click HERE. Student winners for 2023 can be found by clicking HERE .


Institute for Religious Liberty

Established in 2015, the Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III '67 Institute for Religious Liberty (IRL) is a multidisciplinary entity that is centered on the premise that religious liberty is an unalienable right granted to us by God and protected in the First Amendment to the Constitution. By bringing together leaders in the fields of religion, academia, government, law, and business, the IRL provides a forum for the exchange of ideas in a setting devoted to discourse rather than opposition.

Now, more than ever, the elevation of public discourse is critical for the advancement of our nation. The IRL acts as a conduit for academic discourse, providing a venue for civil dialogue and thoughtful scholarship on key issues.

For more information about the IRL and its past events CLICK HERE.


Guided by Faith

The Center for Faith, Mission & Catholic Education will coordinate, promote, and sustain the distinctive Catholic diocesan mission of Thomas More University. The Center will serve as a place of intellectual exploration where students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather for discussion, debate, and reflection.

The new Center will help train, develop, and inspire the next generation of Northern Kentucky’s entrepreneurs and leaders.

“We didn’t come here to be trained, we came here to be educated. I want to give other people that same opportunity.”
Will Ziegler ’53, J.D. Honorary Chair, Second Century Campaign

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