‘A wonderful move forward’ as Xavier University names first female president

Xavier University’s 35th president, Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., will be both the first woman and the first layperson to serve as president in the university’s 190-year history, officials announced.

Currently there are 15 lay presidents and three female presidents across the nation’s 26 other Jesuit, Catholic universities. Xavier first admitted women in 1969, 52 years ago.

Hanycz, who now is president of La Salle University in Philadelphia, will take over this summer and succeed Xavier’s longest-tenured president, the Rev. Michael Graham, S.J.

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