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Saint Xavier names James A. Kruse new Executive Director for its Orland Park Campus

CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2004) – Saint Xavier University has appointed James A. “Jim” Kruse as the new Executive Director of its Orland Park Campus.

Kruse replaces Dr. Robert Hansen, who left the university in summer to accept a position at the University of Southern Maine. 

Having served for a year as the director of off-campus and innovative programs for Saint Xavier’s School of Education, Kruse now will provide administrative leadership for the Orland Park Campus. 

Built to accommodate the continued growth of Saint Xavier’s South Campus, Orland Park Campus opened in January 2004 and – with 688 students enrolled, a 22 percent increase from 2003’s South Campus enrollment – already has exceeded enrollment goals at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

“The facility is extremely well-designed and well-positioned in terms of location to meet our mission and strategic intentions of serving the far southwest suburbs and the extended Southland region,” Kruse said. “The message we hear pretty clearly is that this region – meaning those communities along the I-80 corridor and south of I-80 – wants more options for continuing education and graduate education.”

As the Orland Park Campus’ executive director, Kruse will assist deans, department chairs and program directors with development of off-campus programs and institutes by identifying opportunities for Orland Park programming. The position also entails securing relevant market data, developing marketing plans and budgets, and facilitating program approval requests. Kruse will also work with deans, the office of marketing and publications, and the office of admission to develop marketing and recruitment plans for the Orland Park Campus. 

Also, in addition to handling day-to-day Orland Park operations, Kruse will provide leadership to the Orland Park Advisory Council, while building other external relationships with corporations, organizations, consortia and municipalities.

Kruse said he looks forward to leading the Orland Park Campus, especially as Saint Xavier works to expand its School of Continuing and Professional Education offerings to include more daytime and weekend courses, as well as more professional development options. In the future, Orland Park expansion could also entail growth to the physical campus, which currently features a 31,000 square foot facility with seating capacity for 500 students, a 2,500 square foot library, 18 classrooms including four state-of-the-art computer labs and a full offering of student services.

"We have a beautiful facility and the desire to be of service,” Kruse said. “We really want to be part of the community and become a significant resource to the community.”

Prior to coming to Saint Xavier University in 2003, Kruse served as director of outreach programs at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas. He also has served as regional administrator for Unocal Corporation, where he delivered internal employee assistance programs to the corporation’s eastern region. 

Kruse has a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from the University of Iowa and completed his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership through the Department of Education at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. He currently resides in Chicago Ridge, Illinois, with his wife, Cathleen Barrett-Kruse, an associate professor in Saint Xavier’s School of Education.

For more information on Saint Xavier’s Orland Park Campus, contact (708) 802-6200 or visit its Web site at www.sxu.edu/orland_park.