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Saint Leo University



Saint Leo University is a regionally accredited, liberal-arts-based institution known for an inclusive Catholic heritage, enduring values and capacity for innovation. The school was chartered in 1889 by Catholic Benedictine monks in rural Pasco County, making Saint Leo the first Catholic college in the state. Over its long history, Saint Leo has provided access to education to people of all faiths, emphasizing the Benedictine philosophy of balanced growth of mind, body and spirit. The university welcomes learners from all generations and backgrounds, from civilian occupations and the armed forces and from all 50 states and more than 80 nations. Saint Leo’s 16,000+ undergraduate and graduate students study at the beautiful University Campus, at more than 40 teaching locations in seven states or online from other locations. The university’s degree programs range from the associate to the doctorate. Throughout these rich offerings, Saint Leo develops principled leaders for a challenging world.

Jeffrey D. Senese

Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese was named president of Saint Leo University in July 2018 after serving as the university’s first provost. Previously, Dr. Senese was provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Cardinal Stritch University. He has held similar academic positions throughout his career, including: vice provost, vice president of Academic Affairs, and professor at Johnson and Wales University; vice president of Academic Affairs, dean of faculty, and professor at Philadelphia University; and vice president of Academic Affairs and professor at Mount Ida College. He also has extensive work experience in Asia, Europe, and South America. Dr. Senese earned a B.S. in the Administration of Justice from the Pennsylvania State University; an M.A. in criminology from Indiana State University; and a Ph.D. in multidisciplinary social sciences from the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.

Jeffrey D. Senese
Ph.D., President