Art Schulte
Art Schulte

Arthur Schulte, who served at the University of Portland for 45 years, is the 11th inductee into the Pamplin Business School Hall of Fame.   

Schulte, a member of St. Juan Diego Parish in Portland, arrived at UP in 1958 as an accounting professor. Dr. Schulte, as he was known to generations of students and colleagues, quickly moved through the campus ranks. He served as the dean of the business school and graduate school, executive and financial vice president, special assistant to the president, and acting president – the only lay person to serve in this role – on two separate occasions.

His tenacity and financial acumen were key factors in the helping the university successfully transition from being deep in debt in 1971 to becoming fiscally sound by 1975.

“It was a lot of hard work and hard prayer,” he says.   

He and his wife, Ruth, have long been committed supporters of the North Portland school and in 1997 established the Tessa Ruth Schulte Endowed Scholarship for students in accounting and history in memory of their daughter. 
Schulte says what he most cherishes is his 54-year long marriage to Ruth and their four daughters, who all became alumnae – Mary, Brigid, Claire, and the late Tessa.

"I just came to love the institution," he says. "It provided me with the opportunity to spend my life the way I wanted to spend it. I wanted to be a college teacher. I wanted to be at a Catholic university. I wanted to, in my life, be able help the church.”