Magazine article Momentum

Former Saint Xavier University President to Head Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Magazine article Momentum

Former Saint Xavier University President to Head Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

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Dr. Richard A. Yanikoski, president emeritus of Saint Xavier University in Chicago, will become president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) in August. ACCU, an affiliate organization of NCEA, assists member institutions to define and fulfill their distinctive educational missions, especially with reference to their Catholic character.

An expert on Catholic higher education with nearly three decades of experience in higher education leadership, Dr. Yanikoski said he is eager to focus national attention on the strengths and contributions of Catholic colleges and universities. He succeeds Dr. Monika Hellwig, who is retiring.

With nearly 750,000 students enrolled at more than 220 institutions across the country, Catholic colleges and universities have a significant impact on the economy, the arts and on professions as diverse as business, education, health care and law. "Catholic institutions do exceptional work and have a bright future, but that future demands continuous vigilance and effort. Secular pressures and financial constraints provide significant challenges to Catholic colleges and universities, yet decade after decade Catholic institutions of higher education provide exemplary educational opportunities to students of all backgrounds," Dr. …

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