Xavier names first female president in school’s 190 year history

Xavier names first female president in school’s 190 year history
Colleen M. Hanycz, PhD, will serve as the 35th President of Xavier University, starting July 1, 2021 (Source: Provided by Xavier University)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Xavier University has announced that Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., will become Xavier University’s 35th president effective July 1.

Hanycz succeeds Fr. Michael J. Graham, S.J., who announced his plans to retire in March 2020.

She currently serves as President of La Salle University in Philadelphia, a Catholic University. Prior to that, Hanycz served for seven years as President of Brescia University College in London, Ontario, Canada, a Catholic women’s university.

“Xavier’s lived mission is deeply appealing to me,” Hanycz said. “As a Jesuit, Catholic university committed to serving society by forming students intellectually, morally and spiritually for lives of solidarity and service, Xavier’s values strongly align with my own. Building on the tremendous legacy of Fr. Michael Graham, S.J., I am excited to partner with Xavier’s community in writing the next chapter in its storied history.”

Hanycz will become the first lay and first female president in Xavier’s 190-year history. She has done this before, serving as both firsts in La Salle’s history, according to a news release from Xavier University.

“Following a comprehensive search including a deep, talented and diverse pool of candidates, Dr. Hanycz’s leadership, academic credentials, character and commitment to Catholic higher education highlight her ability to serve as the next president and lead Xavier into the future. We are excited to welcome her to the Xavier community,” Vince Caponi, Chairman of Xavier’s Board of Trustees, said,

Fr. Graham serve will as president through June 30, 2021. He is the university’s longest-serving president.

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