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We are pleased to announce the completion of our search for the president for Xavier University. From a deep pool of candidates, Colleen M. Hanycz, PhD has been selected by Xavier to fill this important position. Dr. Hanycz’s leadership, academic credentials, character and commitment to Catholic higher education highlight her ability to lead Xavier into the future. She will begin her tenure July 1, 2021.

Dr. Hanycz currently serves as President of La Salle University in Philadelphia, a Lasallian, Catholic university. Prior to that, she served for seven years as Principal (President) of Brescia University College in London, Ontario, Canada, a Catholic women’s university in the Ursuline tradition. Dr. Hanycz will become the first lay and first female president in Xavier’s 190-year history. Dr. Hanycz has done this before, serving as both firsts in La Salle's history.

A former associate professor of law, Dr. Hanycz possesses an excellent teaching and academic background, with a demonstrated passion for student-centered education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from St. Michael’s College in Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws (JD) from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy in Law (Ph.D.) from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

Jackie Mildner led this search with Leslie McCarthy and Jenna Kwiatek.


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