SJU Bids Farewell to Three Campus Leaders

Monday, April 22, 2013

The close of the spring semester will bring with it the departure of three of SJU's top administrators. Each has accomplished great things on campus.

Paul DeVito, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Paul DeVito, Ph.D., is leaving the University after 33 years of distinguished service. DeVito will become Provost at Saint Xavier University in Chicago beginning June 1.

“Paul has served on numerous committees during his 33 year tenure here, including the Board on Rank and Tenure and the Board on Faculty Research and Development which he chaired for several years,” says Provost Brice Wachterhauser, Ph.D. “Paul was a longtime chair of the Department of Psychology and as director of the Early Responders Distance Learning Center, he brought SJU to the forefront in preparing early responders nationwide.  We also owe Paul a debt of gratitude for the growth of the China Programs and the expansion of the Study Abroad programs.”

John Henfey, Director of Public Safety and Security

After ten years of dedicated service to the university Director of Public Safety and Security John Henfey is leaving SJU.  Henfey joined the University in 2003, and has been leading the Public Safety Department for the past four years.  

“His position is a demanding one and over the past ten years, John has handled many situations on and off campus in a respectable and professional manner,” says Kevin Robinson, vice president for administrative services. “He has established a collaborative relationship both on campus and with the police departments of our surrounding communities.  We are appreciative and privileged to have had such an experienced law enforcement professional at our service 24/7.”

William Madges, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

William Madges, Ph.D., has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since June 2006. During his tenure, the new General Education Program was implemented and an Advisory Board to the Dean was established to provide strategic input and support. Throughout his years as dean, the College hired 57 new faculty members, initiated ten new undergraduate majors and 12 minors, as well as online programs. Madges will take a year-long sabbatical before returning as a faculty member in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

“Dean Madges’ tenure has been characterized by professionalism and cooperation,” says University President Kevin C. Gillespie, S.J. ’72. “Under his leadership the College has seen growth in new majors and minors, online programs, new centers and institutes, and the hiring of new tenure-track faculty. I am grateful to Dr. Madges for his many contributions to Saint Joseph’s University as Dean.”

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