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May 1, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU vice president for student affairs announces retirement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Constance Foley, vice president for student affairs at Slippery Rock University, officially announced today that she is retiring from the University effective May 13.

Foley joined the University in 2006.

“I’ve spent seven years as vice president for student affairs at SRU and more than 38 years in higher education in Florida, Michigan, California and Arizona. During that time, the profession has undergone some remarkable changes. In the time I’ve been here, we’ve adopted a number of those new initiatives to better serve our students,” Foley said. “I’m especially proud of the development of our Behavioral Intervention Team, which identifies students of concern and develops strategies to help them succeed, and the growth of our Living/Learning Communities in the residence halls. The LLCs allow students to live near others that share a particular interest in academics, social and cultural issues, and activities. Nearly 30 percent of the students in our residence halls are a part of an LLC.”

“As a senior policy member of my cabinet, Connie was instrumental in promoting student- learning outcomes and providing services and programs that supported the students’ total campus learning experience, both in- and out-of-the-classroom. Under her leadership, the University opened new suite-style residence halls and a state-of-the-art Student Center, renovated two dining centers and expanded the outdoor recreation program. Each of these enhancements has contributed to the University’s ability to attract and retain students,” said Cheryl Norton, SRU president.

“My tenure at Slippery Rock has allowed me to work with an incredible staff of dedicated professionals. In fact, during the University’s most recent Middle States Accreditation visit, the evaluation team reported, ‘Student life staff show a true commitment to students and assist in facilitating a small college feel for all students.’ We’ve done a lot of cutting-edge work, particularly in the area of assessment. The Middle States team recognized that and reported, ‘assessment efforts generated through Student Affairs are robust and noteworthy.’ We’ve won awards for our dining facilities, Student Center and our community service programs. Both our counseling and student health centers are fully accredited. And, through a great deal of effort universitywide, I can proudly say we have achieved Title IX compliance in every category,” Foley said. “The University has a strong base on which to continue to build an outstanding student affairs program.”

Norton said a national search for the next vice president for student affairs would begin immediately, and she would be meeting with divisional staff to discuss a transition plan.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.