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Candace E. Passi appointed dean of students

Advocate for students drawn by University mission

Chicago (June 27, 2006) – Saint Xavier University has appointed Candace E. Passi, Ph.D., as its new dean of students. 

“I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful department and institution,” Passi said. “As I learned about the Dean of Students Office mission and Saint Xavier’s mission, I felt that this would be an excellent fit for me. I love working with students and look forward to meeting them at orientation and as they arrive on campus.”

In her new role at Saint Xavier, Passi will be an advocate for students. She will assist in their academic and out-of-class development and ensure that student service programs are designed and carried out to support students and complement the academic mission of the University. She will also oversee Campus Life, Residence Life, student media and student judicial affairs.

“Candace brings a wide range of experience in student affairs work to the Dean of Students position at Saint Xavier,” said John Pelrine, vice president for student affairs. “In particular, she has great experience with many different types of students, which will benefit our diverse student body.”

Passi, who succeeds Pelrine in the position, comes to Saint Xavier from Midwestern University where she served as dean for student services for seven years. Previously, she served as program manager of the Master of Science Program at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. 

Passi, of Orland Park, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Loyola University Chicago and a master of science in education degree and a doctorate in education and social policy/higher education from Northwestern.

Saint Xavier University is a private, coeducational institution serving more than 5,700 students with high-quality academic programs. It offers 36 undergraduate majors and 32 graduate program options in five schools: School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Graham School of Management, School of Nursing and School of Continuing and Professional Studies. With campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, the University offers personalized education that emphasizes challenging undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study.


Contact: Deborah Snow Humiston
773-298-3325 or snowhumiston@sxu.edu

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