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Ph.D. Engineering Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Dr. Tony Aretz is the sixth president of Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since joining the Mount in 2008, Dr. Aretz has successfully led the College through historical challenges facing higher education and directed the development of Vision 2020, the College’s strategic plan. 

Some of the major accomplishments during this period are the creation of a new core curriculum, the launch of the new Ethical Leadership Development Initiative and the addition of several new academic programs, including the Mount’s second doctorate program and its first fully online program. 

Previous Employment

Before assuming his current position, Dr. Aretz served as the academic vice president at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. Following his arrival at CBU in 2004, Dr. Aretz helped develop CBU’s strategic plan, the Center for Ethical Leadership, and several new graduate and undergraduate programs. 

Prior to joining CBU, Dr. Aretz was a 17-year faculty member at the United States Air Force Academy where he was the founding director of the Air Force Academy Scholars Program and director of academic strategic planning. He taught a variety of courses in engineering psychology, psychology, leadership, research, and statistics while at the academy. Dr. Aretz retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 28 years. 


Dr. Aretz is currently a member of the board of trustees for Seton High School, the board of directors of Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio, the board of directors of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the board of directors of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO), the NCAA Division III Presidents/Chancellors Advisory Group representing the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the executive board for Dan Beard Council Boy Scouts of America, and the advisory board for Pregnancy Center East.  He is a member of The Cincinnatus Association and also Leadership Cincinnati’s Class XXXIII.


Dr. Aretz received a doctorate in engineering psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in applied behavioral science in human factors from Wright State University, and a bachelor’s degree in human factors engineering and counseling from the United States Air Force Academy, where he was a distinguished graduate. Dr. Aretz and his wife, Terry, have been married for 30 years and have three sons, Tommy, David and Michael.