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Saint Xavier University reaches new fundraising record under President Judith A. Dwyer’s Presidency

Surpasses $30 million since October 2003

news story imageChicago (March 17, 2008) This month under the leadership of President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D., Saint Xavier University fundraising surpassed $30 million in the form of restricted and unrestricted funds, land and buildings since she assumed the presidency in October 2003--the most ever raised at Saint Xavier during a similar length of time. The total reflects gifts pledged and received from individuals, foundations, corporate support and realized estate gifts.  

“I would like to thank the entire Saint Xavier community for its support of the University and our strategic vision to be recognized as a leading Catholic comprehensive university,” said President Dwyer. “Trustees, alumni, faculty, administrators, staff, students, parents and friends all contribute to this growing success. I am very pleased with what we have been able to do as a team. Much has been accomplished, and much remains to be done.”  

President Dwyer also acknowledged the work of the University Advancement staff under Vice President Steven J. Murphy in helping to build a culture of philanthropy.

“Our fundraising performance under President Dwyer’s leadership is further indication of her unique and powerful vision for the future Saint Xavier University,” said SXU Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas E. Chomicz. 

President Dwyer’s tenure has been a period of unprecedented change and improvement for Saint Xavier University. Just a few of her many accomplishments include:

•Doubling the value of the University's endowment 

•Implementing of The Power of Eight, a comprehensive set of strategic directives

•Creating the Office for Mission and Heritage

•Appointing multiple deans and cabinet members 

•Continuing to be listed in the top 25 percent in the “U.S. News & World Report” rankings of best colleges in the Midwest offering undergraduate and master’s degrees

•Cultivating a culture of transparency by ensuring participation in the Collegiate Learning Assessment, the Lumina Longitudinal Study and the Higher Learning Commission’s Assessment Academy 

•Overseeing the design and construction of Arthur Rubloff Hall, the first university building in the state of Illinois to receive the LEED Gold Designation from the U.S. Green Building Council

•Joining more than 400 universities and colleges nationwide in signing the Presidents Climate Commitment to become climate neutral 

Contact: Joe Moore
(773) 298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu

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.