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St. Leo University

Founded in 1889 as Florida’s first Catholic institution, Saint Leo University has a rich history of providing students with a transformative, values-centered education. With over 40 majors and minors to choose from, our core mission is to inspire students to become their best selves and lead the way for those that follow. St. Leo University offers more than 60 major and minor programs to more than 18,000 students. St. Leo has been ranked one of the Top Universities in the South for multiple years by U.S. News and World Report, as well as a Best College for Veterans. Its Tampa Education Center serves as a support center for online students throughout the world.

Dr. Edward W. Dadez

Dr. Edward W. Dadez joined Saint Leo University in 2000. He was Vice President of Student Affairs; and Continuing Education and Campus Operations for 18 years. He also taught as a Visiting Faculty member in Graduate Education and Undergraduate Business before being named the 11th president of Saint Leo University in July 2022.

He holds undergraduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University in psychology and biology, a master’s in student personnel administration from Ohio State University, an M.B.A. from Saint Leo University, and a doctorate in College and University Administration from Michigan State University. Dr. Dadez has been in college administration for more than 40 years, and has worked at Ohio State University, University of Dayton, Michigan State University, Bucknell University and Chowan University.

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