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Ursuline College President Sr. Diana Stano to retire

September 16, 2014

Sister Diana Stano, President of Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, has announced that she will retire effective June 30, 2015.  As President of the region’s premier Catholic college focusing on women for the past 18 years, Sister Diana has led Ursuline through a remarkable period of growth and transformation.

During her tenure, the campus has experienced a constant upgrade with more than $41 million in capital improvements including a new student learning center, dining hall, residence hall, athletic fields, and two buildings currently under construction: a new athletic center and a center for the creative and healing arts and sciences to house nursing and art therapy & counseling, two of the College’s outstanding programs. Almost the entire campus has undergone renovations and improvements to enhance the learning experience for students. 

Enrollment has increased by more than 50% and the College serves approximately 1,800 students over the course of the academic year. New programs to benefit the region have also been a part of Sister Diana’s accomplishments. Knowing that Greater Cleveland is a world leader in healthcare, Sister Diana understood the difference education could make and worked with the nursing faculty to develop a graduate program in nursing culminating with a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The Breen School of Nursing now has more than 500 students and is considered among the very best nursing programs in the United States. Also during her years as president, the College added several new majors to meet the needs of people of northeast Ohio.

Sister Diana started an accelerated program for working adults, which has helped students achieve a college degree while still maintaining a proper life balance. In the UCAP program, which now boasts 12 majors, students attend class one night each week for five weeks to complete a course. 

Realizing the value of athletics for women, Sister Diana undertook the task of developing an athletic program for the College.  Now a member of NCAA Division II, Ursuline has 11 sports and competes in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. 

In order to secure a sound financial future for the College, Sister Diana has more than tripled the endowment from $14 million to nearly $43 million.  This remarkable accomplishment has occurred while maintaining a balanced budget every year since 1997.    

During her 18 years as President, Sister Diana has further enhanced Ursuline’s position as a leader in the higher education of women.  Ursuline is the only women’s focused college in Ohio and one of the few remaining women’s colleges in the United States. She worked diligently to ensure that Ursuline continued to transform lives of students for leadership, professional excellence, and service, fully aware that commitment, dedication and concern for others are outstanding examples of the impact Ursuline graduates make where they live and work.

Sister Diana has been recognized as a leader in the community and higher education of women and has been the recipient of a number of awards and honors over the past 18 years.  She has had several articles written about her in such publications as the New York Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Inside Business, and Crain’s Cleveland Business, just to name a few.

"Ursuline is extremely fortunate to have had the benefit of Sr. Diana's nearly two decades of dedicated, energetic, and in many ways transformative leadership," said Jack Newman, Chair of the Board of Trustees. "Of course, it is not over yet, for there remains much on the College's, and thus Sr. Diana's, agenda for the coming year.  And during that time the Board will undertake to identify an equally committed and forward-looking successor to extend and expand upon the very positive trajectory Sr. Diana has set for Ursuline."

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