Dr. Debra Mooney assumed the role of Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity and Chief Mission Officer on August 1, 2009. She is responsible for promoting the active engagement of the campus community in carrying out the mission of Xavier University as a Jesuit Catholic institution through the Center for Mission and Identity. Within the Center is the Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Institute for Jesuit Education, for which she serves as the Founding Director
As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Mooney joined Xavier in 1999 practicing in the McGrath Health and Counseling Center and serving as the University Wellness Coordinator. In 2002, she was named the Associate Director of Ignatian Programs, Xavier’s office of mission and identity, and served in various capacities as the Acting Director (2003), Director (2004), and Associate Vice President of the Division of Mission and Identity (2007).
In 2012, Dr. Mooney was appointed to the Peer Review Corp of the Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting body that evaluates all degree granting colleges and universities in 19 states in the North Central region. The Corp is responsible for assuring that an institution is complying with the accreditation criteria as well as for helping an institution advance within the context of its own mission.