The DePaul University Board of Trustees on Tuesday nominated Robert Manuel to become the 13th president of the nation’s largest Catholic university.

DePaul officials touted Manuel, who has served as president of Indianapolis University since 2012, as an “accomplished and transformative leader in higher education.”

“I am inspired by the life-changing opportunities a DePaul education creates for its students, as well as the community it has built for faculty and staff,” Manuel said. “I’m excited about the potential partnerships that are possible because of the strong and diverse community in which DePaul lives.”

Manuel will succeed A. Gabriel Esteban, who last year announced his intention to step down this spring.

“President-Elect Manuel’s inspiring leadership, combined with his dedication to academic values, will solidify DePaul University’s future as a distinguished institution that provides a transformative education to a diverse group of students,” said the President. of DePaul’s board of directors, Gerald A. Beeson, in the press release.

During Manuel’s tenure at the University of Indianapolis, he led a fundraising campaign that raised $100 million as well as the construction of a new health building and school building. of engineers. “UIndy” is a private college of 5,600 students, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and competes in collegiate athletics in NCAA Division II.

DePaul has some 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students at two city campuses.

A Massachusetts native, Manuel, 54, has also worked as an administrator at Georgetown University, New York University’s School of Continuing Studies, and worked at several smaller colleges. He and his wife, Wilmara, have three daughters. It will debut at DePaul on August 1.