SHAWNEE — For T.C. Veit, St. Gregory's University's new dean of students, life is about service — to the students he works with, to the community at large and to his faith. It is through service that he believes he has grown into a person capable of leading a new generation of students into discovering who they are and who they want to become.
“A lot of reflection and prayer, and really divine providence, brought me here,” he said.
Born in western New York in the town of Palmyra, Veit majored in music education at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. While he enjoyed his time there as an undergraduate, serving as a resident adviser for two years and managing a staff as a senior resident director, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in a place where he could grow in mind and spirit.
“I was praying that I would be brought to a place where I would have more support in the endeavors of my faith,” Veit said. “When I was applying for jobs after my bachelor's degree, I found a job in Louisiana that brought exactly that.”
Veit's position as a student life adviser at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches — a public, residential high school for gifted and talented students — placed him at the center of a deeply Catholic area, and he said he flourished as a professional and in his own faith journey.
He advanced to coordinator of student development, where he oversaw leadership development and volunteer programs, in addition to the school's work service program and student clubs and activities.
Veit earned a master's degree from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches during his time at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. He began looking for a new challenge in his career, and the position at St. Gregory's came to his attention.
Drawn to St. Gregory's
He said he was drawn to St. Gregory's because it is an intimate campus and recognized as a strong Catholic institution by the Cardinal Newman Society.