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SXU president to serve as regional representative for Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Dr. Judith A. Dwyer elected to represent the 10 institutions in HACU’s Region IV

CHICAGO (Nov. 5, 2004) – Saint Xavier President Judith A. Dwyer has been elected as one of 13 Associate Member Regional Representatives for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.	

“We are honored to have Dr. Dwyer represent the leadership of this important segment of HACU's membership,” said Dr. Antonio Flores, president and CEO of HACU. “She is a champion for diversity and higher education excellence and is already making her mark on Hispanic higher education.  Her leadership will serve HACU well as we continue to address issues critical to Hispanic student access and success in higher education."

In her two-year term, Dr. Dwyer will represent Saint Xavier University as well as the nine additional institutions of higher learning in HACU’s Region IV. Region IV includes Saint Xavier University as well as the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Columbia College in Chicago; East-West University; Harold Washington College; Roosevelt University; Triton College (Ill.); Michigan State University; University of Michigan and Milwaukee Area Technical College. Nationally, 111 institutions in 18 states belong to HACU’s Associate membership category. Worldwide, HACU comprises more than 390 member colleges and universities throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain.
	
“I feel privileged to represent Saint Xavier University as well as the fine HACU-member institutions throughout this region,” Dr. Dwyer said. “The organization’s mission to improve access and quality post-secondary educational opportunities to Hispanic students reflects Saint Xavier’s core values and tradition of offering academic excellence in a community that embraces diversity, hospitality and respect.”
	
As a HACU Associate Member Regional Representative, Dr. Dwyer will vote as a representative of Saint Xavier University and Region IV institutions at the association’s annual business meeting. Dr. Dwyer was elected to her term at HACU’s 18th Annual Conference held Oct. 16-19 in Miami, Fla. 

Dr. Dwyer is the first Catholic laywoman to lead Saint Xavier University, a Catholic, co-educational, master’s comprehensive institution founded in Chicago by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846.