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Ursuline hires new Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

April 10, 2013

Ursuline welcomes Cleveland-native Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D., as the College’s new Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Dr. Messina-Dysert will begin her position in July.

“Ursuline College is thrilled to bring to the Cleveland higher education community a new dean whose experience and scholarly achievements so perfectly align with Ursuline College as a Catholic, women-focused institution of higher learning,” JoAnne Podis, Ph.D., Ursuline’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, said.

“Dr. Messina-Dysert holds both the doctorate and the MBA and thus is well qualified to provide strategic leadership to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. We are looking forward very much to her joining the College in July.”

Dr. Messina-Dysert is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and Director of The Center for Women’s Interdisciplinary Research and Education at Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles. At Claremont, she is also Co-founder and Co-director of Feminism and Religion. Dr. Messina-Dysert currently resides in Southern California with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

Dr. Messina-Dysert earned her doctorate degree at Claremont Graduate University. She completed a Master of Arts degree in religious studies at John Carroll University, a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Findlay and her undergraduate degree at Cleveland State University.

About Ursuline College: As a Catholic liberal arts college, focusing on women, Ursuline welcomes students into an academically challenging and values-based environment. Recognized for distinguished programs in nursing, fashion, social work and education, Ursuline offers more than 30 undergraduate and ten graduate degrees in four schools including arts and sciences, nursing, professional and graduate studies.

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