Steven R. Neiheisel

Founding Director and Lecturer, Non Profit & Community Leadership Program; Executive Director, Association of Marianist Universities

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Steven R. Neiheisel
Phone: 937-229-4721

Zehler Hall 301


Steven R. Neiheisel, Ph.D. is celebrating twenty-five years as a leading Catholic educator. Dr. Neiheisel is Executive Director of the Association of Marianist Universities, lectures at the University of Dayton, and is a member of the Sponsorship Commission for the Marianist Province of the United States.

A distinguished and award-winning educator, he lectures and leads nationally on issues in Catholic secondary and higher education, such as the integration of Catholic values into administrative and organizational practices, developing mission-centered boards of governance, defining mission and organizational core values, Catholic education as a vocation, institutional mission and identity, Catholicism and American public life, and the public mission of Catholic education.

Dr. Neiheisel's awards in Catholic education include the LaSallian Pillar Award from Cincinnati LaSalle High School and from St. Mary's University the Marianist Heritage Award, Distinguished Undergraduate Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, and Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.

In addition to his current role as Sponsorship Chairman for the Marianist Province of the United States, his governance leadership has included trustee positions at Cincinnati La Salle High School, Xavier University National Alumni Association, St. George Episcopal School, Central Catholic Marianist High School, and the Archdiocesan School Council of San Antonio.

Dr. Neiheisel's philanthropic leadership in Catholic education has included the establishment of the Neiheisel Family Endowed Marianist Scholarship Fund at Central Catholic Marianist High School, the William F. King, SJ Endowed Scholarship Fund at Xavier University, the James Hubert, OMI Catholic School Leadership Scholarship at St. Mary's University, Neiheisel Science Hall at Prabat Tara Marianist School in Singphur, India, and the Vincent J. and Mary Jane Neiheisel Scholarship at the University of Dayton.

An award winning author of more than forty publications, Dr. Neiheisel writes on topics in Catholic school administration, Catholic education history, Catholic social teaching, Catholic educational mission and identity, Catholicism and American society, and the public mission of American Catholic education (see Select Publications below). From 1994-2012 he was a regular commentator for CTSA, Catholic Television of San Antonio and he currently writes regular commentary on contemporary Catholic issues for the Dayton Daily News.

Faculty Perspective

A Marianist Catholic education educates men and women to learn, lead and serve.


  • Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis
  • M.B.A., Xavier University
  • B.A., Xavier University

Courses Taught

  • American Political Systems
  • Civic Engagement
  • Nonprofit & Community Leadership 
  • Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations

Media Expertise

  • Catholic Higher & Secondary Education
  • Nonprofit and Community Leadership
  • American Politics

Selected Presentations

Marianist Leadership Values and Marianist Leadership Practices, Marianist Province of the United States, Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, California, July 26, 2016

Shared Governance & Marianist Values, Symposium: Right Relationships at Marianist Universities: Witness, Formation, Celebration, Association of Marianist Universities, St. Louis, Missouri, June 13, 2016

Marianist Leadership Core Values, University of Dayton, Board of Trustees, Dayton, Ohio, May 18, 2016

Leading Community Collaboration, Emerging Leaders Program, University of Dayton Center for Leadership, Dayton, Ohio, April 5, 2016

Strategic Planning for Catholic Schools, National Catholic Education Association Annual Conference, San Diego, March 30, 2016

Marianist Values for the Workplace and Marianist Values for the Civic Community, Keynote Address, Staff Retreat, Chaminade University, Honolulu, March 22 & 23, 2016

Marianist Values & Shared Governance, Board of Regents and Provost’s Cabinet, Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, November 17 & 20, 2015

Strategic Development of Catholic School Boards, National Catholic Association Leadership Summit, Atlanta, Georgia, October 18, 2015

Characteristics of Marianist Administration, President’s Leadership Council, Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii, May 14, 2015

Integrating Catholic Values into Administrative Decision Making, National Catholic Education Association Conference, Orlando, Florida, April 8, 2015

Leading with Marianist Values, Keynote Address, Marianist Administrators Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, October 27, 2014

The Responsible Board, Best Practices of High-Performing Boards, Public Advocacy: The Power of Mission, and Strategic Development of Catholic Mission-Centered Boards, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board, Dayton, Ohio, October 16, 2014

High Impact Strategic Planning, Dayton Metro Library, September 10, 2014

Volunteer Management for Global Nonprofit Organizations, Everyday Heroes Program, Meridian International, Webinar, June 12, 2014

Strategic Development of a Mission-Centered School Board, Annual Conference, National Catholic Education Association, Pittsburgh, April 22-24, 2014

The New Philanthropist & Organizational Performance, Miami Valley Chapter, Grant Professionals Association, Dayton, Ohio, April 1, 2014

Selected Publications

"Building a Mission-Centric Catholic School Board," Momentum, Spring 2016, National Catholic Education Association, Washington, D.C.

"Teaching as a Vocation at Marianist Universities," AMU Links, Association of Marianist Universities, Winter 2015.

"Catholic schools are community assets," Dayton Daily News, January 24, 2015.

"How Catholic values inform administrative leadership," NCEA Notes, Vol. 47, No. 3, National Catholic Education Association, Washington, D.C., March 2014.

"From Mission Church to Future Church: Catholic Schools in San Antonio," in Thomas C. Hunt, David J. O’Brien, and Timothy Walch, (editors) Urban Catholic Education: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, (Peter Lang Publishing, 2013).