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Making an Impact: Saint Xavier University

Building a culture of positive influence for today and tomorrow

Chicago (Jan. 27, 2006) – Saint Xavier University President Judith A. Dwyer met with federal lawmakers this week to discuss the University’s role in the community and to share its plans for the future.

U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) visited Dwyer on Monday, and Congressman Daniel Lipinski (D–Ill.) visited the campus on Friday. Dwyer shared with them the results of an economic impact study that shows the university has made significant contributions in the areas of health care, education and general economic growth.

"Saint Xavier University’s strategic plan is to become a leading Catholic comprehensive university in the Midwest,” Dwyer said. “Our endeavors are successful in part due to our partnership with the federal government and its efforts to help the university and to help our students.”

Durbin said he was impressed by the university’s growth and progress. “Saint Xavier has been a source of pride for Chicago for 160 years. The university’s dedication to innovation and development will ensure a positive impact on the South Side and south suburban communities for years to come.”

The economic impact study shows that Saint Xavier University is an economic, spiritual and cultural anchor in southwest Chicago and continues to be a leading influence on the community.

“In a significantly changing economic environment, the university can be viewed as both a stabilizing element, as well as an instrument that can spur economic development,” according to the study.

Lipinski said Saint Xavier University has made tremendous contributions to the community, the latest example of which is a new residence hall being built using environmentally friendly green technology.

"I am happy to see that the University’s President and its Board of Trustees have underscored the importance of being an asset to the community,” Lipinski said. “Saint Xavier University has been educating men and women of the Third Congressional District for more than 50 years; I hope that the tradition of serving Chicago’s southwest side and suburbs continues for many years to come.”

The university commissioned Conventions, Sports and Leisure International, a leading national advisory and planning firm, to conduct the study to measure Saint Xavier University’s longstanding effect on the community.

The university’s financial impact is most visibly felt in local employment and student spending habits. The university has totaled more than $458 million in the last five years in direct and secondary spending in the region, up more than 50 percent since 2000, according to the study. 

Saint Xavier University is the largest employer in Chicago’s 19th Ward and supports 1,559 full- and part-time jobs in the region, and student off-campus local spending totaled $8.4 million last year – a 61.5 percent increase in just four years.

The university also helps improve the tax base, increases community-wide education levels, and provides a high-quality labor source for area businesses.

Historically, 95 percent of Saint Xavier graduates work within a 20-mile radius of the university and provide evidence that, as a result of a better educated workforce, higher salaries are earned, thus generating greater spending.

Dwyer is expected to visit other federal lawmakers in Washington, D.C., in February to increase awareness about how Saint Xavier University serves the community. 


Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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