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Xavier University Announces First Woman President

Ann Thompson, WVXU |

Xavier University has named its first female president in its 190-year history. Colleen Hanycz is also the first lay person to hold the job.

She begins July 1 and succeeds Father Michael Graham, who announced his retirement last March. Previously, Hanycz (pronounced Han-ich) was the president of La Salle University in Philadelphia, a Lasallian, Catholic university; as well as president of Brescia University in Canada, a Catholic women’s university in the Ursuline tradition, according to a release.

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