Saint Xavier University Provost Dominick Hart announces retirement
Will retire at close of current academic year
Chicago (Sept. 25, 2007) – Saint Xavier University Provost Dominick Hart has announced that he will retire at the end of the current academic year.
Hart joined Saint Xavier in 2003 as dean for the School of Arts and Sciences, now the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2004, he was appointed interim vice president for Academic Affairs and was appointed provost in fall 2005. Under Hart’s direction, the University has benefited greatly in terms of academic planning, program development, and the advancement of scholarship and pedagogy.
“Dr. Hart has been an integral part of the successes at Saint Xavier University, and his record of service speaks for itself,” said SXU President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D. “The Saint Xavier University community wishes him all the best in his retirement.”
During Hart’s tenure as provost, the university implemented an extensive reassignment policy in support of faculty initiatives. The faculty developed, approved and is implementing a far-reaching revision of the general education program.
Opportunities for travel and study abroad also have been enhanced under his tenure. Successful accreditation reviews have been completed for the School of Education and for the master’s program in speech-language pathology, and a self-study report has been prepared for the Higher Learning Commission’s accreditation review.
He has been a member of the President’s Cabinet since 2004, a member of Deans’ Council since 2003 and has served on the Task Force for Review on General Education from 2003 to 2004.
Hart has been in higher education for 37 years, serving as an administrator, faculty member, consultant and student and faculty advisor. He has led numerous workshops on topics ranging from faculty governance to teaching. His scholarly contributions have furthered the study of Shakespearean literature and addressed an array of issues in higher education.
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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.
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