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Saint Leo University Names Dr. Edward Dadez as President

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on July 8, 2022

Saint Leo University Names Dr. Edward Dadez as President

The Saint Leo University Board of Trustees has elected Dr. Edward Dadez as
the 11th president of the university, following the resignation of President Jeffrey Senese.

Having held several leadership positions at Saint Leo during the past 22 years, Dadez holds a
strong passion and appreciation for Saint Leo’s core values; its diverse students, faculty, and
staff; and life-changing mission. Before becoming the second provost of the university, he was a
visiting professor in Graduate Education. He also held the position of vice president in support
of the university’s regional education centers, online learning program, student affairs, and
campus operations.

“Saint Leo University’s commitment to its core values, Catholic heritage, and close-knit
community make it a special place—countless students have thrived here and gone on to make
an impact in our world,” Dadez said. “I am excited to work alongside students, faculty, staff, and
alumni to strengthen the university experience and to help make it possible for more students to
pursue their educational and professional goals.”

Prior to Saint Leo University, Dadez held several administrative roles in student affairs and
continuing education at The Ohio State University, University of Dayton (Ohio), Michigan State
University, Bucknell University (PA), and Chowan University (NC).

He also is the author of several academic journal articles and has given more than 85
professional presentations and keynotes at local, state, regional, and national conventions and

Dadez earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Arts
degree from The Ohio State University, a Master of Business Administration from Saint Leo
University, and a doctoral degree from Michigan State University.


About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is one of the largest Catholic universities in the nation, offering 62 degree
programs to more than 15,800 students each year. Founded in 1889 by Benedictine monks and
sisters, the private, nonprofit university is known for providing a values-based education to
learners of all backgrounds and ages in the liberal arts tradition. Saint Leo is regionally
accredited and offers a residential campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, 16 education
centers in five states, and an online program for students anywhere. The university is home to
more than 100,000 alumni. Learn more at



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