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Dr. John Kucia

Dr. John Kucia

Administrative Vice President, Office of the President

ML 4511
2nd Floor, Schmidt Hall

Phone: (513) 745-3997

Fax: (513) 745-4223


  • University of Pennsylvania: Doctorate in higher education management
  • Xavier University: Master’s degree in guidance and counseling
  • Xavier University: Bachelor’s degree in political science

Work Experience:

  • Xavier's Administrative Vice President
  • Xavier's Assistant to the President for Operations and Planning
  • Xavier's Administrative Assistant to the President
  • Xavier's Director of Alumni Relations

First Year at Xavier University:



John Kucia is Administrative Vice President at Xavier University and the principal assistant to the President, Michael J. Graham, S.J.

As Administrative Vice President, Dr. Kucia is responsible for the University’s Intercollegiate Athletic Program, Human Resources, Marketing & Communications, Community Building Institute, Government Relations, Property Acquisition, and the Cintas Center. Prior to assuming his duties as Vice President in 1990, Dr. Kucia served the University in many capacities; he held the position of Assistant to the President for Operations and Planning from 1988 to 1990, served as Administrative Assistant to the President from 1986 to 1988, and was Director of Alumni Relations from 1984 to 1986.

Dr. Kucia earned a bachelor’s degree in political science (1969) and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling (1972) from Xavier and a doctorate in higher education management (2004) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kucia has spent nearly 40 years as a practitioner of collaborative leadership in the fields of health care and higher education, specifically in the areas of strategic planning, leadership development and training, organizational change, intercollegiate athletics, property acquisition and urban redevelopment. He has drawn upon his extensive experience to research the unique and unstudied topic of “the way leaders think, developing the premise that leaders are built from the inside out.”  Dr. Kucia and co-author Dr. Linda Gravett, wrote the book Leadership in Balance: New Habits of the Mind which was published by Palgrave Macmillan in April 2014.

The areas supervised by the administrative vice president include:

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