Mission and Identity Programs

Discernment Group II

Final Report for Discernment Group II.


From February 2007 through May 2009, Discernment Group I undertook the task of shaping "a new division whose purpose will be to advance our Jesuit, Catholic mission among the faculty, staff and administration of Xavier University so as to maximize the fulfillment of our mission in the place where it matters most: in the hearts, in the minds, in the actions-in the very spirits-of our students."

To the members of the Group, this was an opportunity to promote a plan that would create a culture in which everyone at Xavier would come to understand and contribute to the core mission in ways that are authentic, innovative, and intentional. The plan consisted of strategic recommendations focused on administrative structure rather than specific projects and programs. One of the recommendations was to create a campus-wide council that would further the mission by connecting centers, programs and divisions through networks of collaboration and information sharing. The creation of this council would help achieve the vision of mission building across campus through the coalescing of senior administrators with a diverse set of skills and life experiences, both personal and professional.


- build upon and extend the work of Discernment Group I
- further "Deepen our commitment to our Jesuit Catholic mission, identity, vision, and values in everything we do
and enhance our leadership in mission and identity work across the Jesuit network."
- provide senior administrators an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Xavier's Ignatian heritage.
- develop formal and informal relationships to benefit the working of the University.


Bob Cotter, Senior Advisor for Program Development for Information Resources
Joe Shadle, Director for the Center for Mission and Identity

Bob Sheeran, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Capital Projects
Shari Mickey-Boggs, Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Jim Snodgrass, Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences
Hema Krishnan, Associate Dean for the Williams College of Business
Aaron Meis, Dean of Admissions
Luther Smith, Dean of Students
George Traub, S.J., Jesuit consultant and Executive Director of the Center for Mission and Identity

For Xavier's Ignatian Values "Wheel", click Xavier's Ignatian Values Model.pdf.

For more information about the Discernment, Group Retreat visit the Discernment Group Retreat Website.

For information about the Discernment Group Immersion Trip, visit the Discernment Group Immersion Trip website.