Office of the President

Colleen M. Hanycz, PhD

"As Xavier’s 35th President, I am blessed with campus colleagues who work every day to assist our students in reaching their full potential. As a Jesuit Catholic community, we are driven to form men and women, for and with others, who will leave this place, entering into lives of purpose, impact and success. It is my honor to help serve this mission." -Colleen M. Hanycz, PhD, 35th President of Xavier University


Office of the President

The Office of the President advances Xavier's vision of a world transformed through academic, moral and spiritual education. The Office ensures the University’s continued success in academic excellence, strategic planning, community engagement and philanthropy.

University Mission, Vision and Values

University Leadership and Advisory Support

Contact Information

Office Staff

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About President Hanycz

Colleen M. Hanycz, PhD, was appointed the 35th president of Xavier University on July 1, 2021. With her appointment, President Hanycz became the first layperson and first woman to hold the office of president since Xavier's founding in 1831. Throughout her career as an attorney, professor and administrator, President Hanycz has been an active proponent of Catholic education to advance the common good and to celebrate the dignity of each person. Prior to her Xavier appointment, President Hanycz served presidential terms at both La Salle University in Philadelphia (2015-2021) and Brescia University College in London, Canada (2008-2015).  

President Hanycz's Full Biography

Presidential Communications


Strategic Initiatives

Below are several key initiatives that support Xavier's ongoing pursuit of educating each student intellectually, morally and spiritually. 

Institutional Excellence

The Xavier 200 Strategic Plan provides a framework to ensure University-wide decisions carry out Xavier's mission, vision and values. 

Advancing Racial and Social Justice

The Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan is an agenda to strengthen our campus as one marked by equity and inclusivity.

Non-Partisan Civic Discourse

Take it On is Xavier’s non-partisan initiative to promote better civic discourse and robust, peaceful engagement in politics. 


"Xavier's lived mission is deeply appealing to me. As a Jesuit Catholic university committed to serving society by forming students intellectually, morally and spiritually for lives of solidarity and service, Xavier's values strongly align with my own. Building on the tremendous legacy of Fr. Michael Graham, S.J., I am excited to partner with Xavier’s community in writing the next chapter in its storied history." 

-Colleen M. Hanycz, PhD, 35th President of Xavier University