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 New Vice President for Student Life Named at SRU 



March 6, 2006

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       SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Dr. Constance Foley has been named vice president for student life at Slippery Rock University, effective July 1, 2006.  “I am very pleased Dr. Foley has accepted this position,” said SRU President Robert M. Smith. “As assistant vice president for student affairs at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., for the past eight years, she has helped direct strategic planning for the development of the campus including new housing construction and a major renovation of the student union.”

        “Dr. Foley comes with a strong background in student learning outcomes and has been responsible for multi-cultural affairs, university police, campus bookstore and the campus volunteer center.  She also was chair of the subcommittee for gender equity and student welfare as part of the university's recent athletic recertification success.  Her diverse leadership experiences are very important to the eclectic nature of our student life division,” Smith said.

       “I am excited about Dr. Foley's approach to collaboration with other divisions of the university, an important hallmark of Slippery Rock University's recent success,” Smith added.  Her background includes extensive experiences in working with academic affairs, financial affairs, facilities, and advancement. 

       “From the first time I saw the position advertisement, I was enthusiastic about this opportunity,” Foley said. “Being from the Midwest, I have been familiar with Slippery Rock, but as I learned more and as I met the Slippery Rock people, especially the students, I felt like I belonged. This is definitely where I want to be.”

       Foley holds a doctorate from Arizona State University, masters from Syracuse University and bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan.  Previous to her work at FAU, she held positions in residence life at Kent State University and the University of San Francisco.

     She replaces Dr. Robert J. Watson, who is retiring March 31 after 34 years of service to Slippery Rock University. He has been vice president for student life since 2001.




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