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Dominick J. Hart named provost for Saint Xavier University

Chicago (Oct. 25, 2005) – Saint Xavier University today announced the appointment of Dominick J. Hart as provost. He brings 35 years of higher education experience to the position, including as interim vice president for Academic Affairs at Saint Xavier since 2004.

“I am honored to be asked to serve Saint Xavier University as provost at just the time when the university is prepared to build upon its recent growth and academic success so as to advance into the ranks of the leading universities,” Hart said. “Saint Xavier is a good place to be, with good work to do, and good people to do it with.”

The new position of provost was created as part of proposals generated through Saint Xavier University’s strategic planning process, which – in one component – called for building a regional and national reputation for high quality academic programs within a culture of continuous improvement in the conditions and practices of learning and teaching. The Eight Strategic Directives for the university were approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2004.

“As the university’s chief academic officer, Dr. Hart will support the Eight Strategic Directives in providing academic leadership to our schools and promoting excellence in all the university’s academic programs and initiatives,” university President Judith A. Dwyer said. “Dr. Hart will devote significant time to issues of academic planning, program development and advancement of scholarship and pedagogy.”

As the interim vice president of Academic Affairs, Hart has overseen policy initiatives and procedures that govern instructional programs and academic life of the university. He has supervised academic personnel and manages the fiscal affairs of the university’s five schools: Arts and Sciences, Education, the Graham School of Management, Nursing, and Continuing and Professional Studies. He also was responsible for special academic programs and services, such as the Center for Academic Technology, the Center for Educational Practice, Media Services, Library Services, the Orland Park Campus, Off-Campus Program development, Academic Advising and Testing, and the Office of the Registrar.

Hart also served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and as a professor of English since joining Saint Xavier in 2003. He served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2003 at Eastern Kentucky University and as the college’s interim dean from 1999 to 2001. He was also chair of the department of English at Eastern Kentucky. Specializing in English literature, Hart has instructed courses on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature as well as early English and modern drama.

Hart received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Peter’s College and his doctorate in English literature from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of many academic organizations including the American Conference of Academic Deans, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University of Chicago is a leading four-year institution serving more than 5,700 students in the tradition of academic rigor and the Mercy values of service, lifelong learning and integrity. With campuses in Chicago and Orland Park, Ill., the university offers 35 undergraduate majors and 40 graduate programs in arts and sciences, business administration, education, nursing and continuing and professional studies.


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