Message from the President – Dr. Paul L. DeVito appointed Provost

I am pleased to announce that I have accepted the Provost Search Committee’s unanimous recommendation to appoint Paul L. DeVito, Ph.D., as Provost of Saint Xavier University, effective July 1, 2013.

Dr. DeVito, a professor of psychology, comes to SXU after a distinguished career at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he is Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Professional and Liberal Studies. He previously served as Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, Interim Dean of Graduate Arts and Sciences and Continuing Education, Executive Director of the Early Responders Distance Learning Center, and Chair of the Department of Psychology. Equally important, he brings a record of success in the area of post-traditional student programming and recruitment.

During his 30-plus year tenure at Saint Joseph’s University, Dr. DeVito has received a number of merit awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. In addition, he is the recipient of extramural grants and contracts totaling over $15 million. He has authored more than 40 articles, chapters and research presentations, and coauthored a graduate/trade-level textbook on “Psychotherapy and Cognition.” Dr. DeVito also has extensive experience as a media spokesperson in discussing the psychological consequences of terrorism and natural disasters, including several nationally broadcast appearances for the September 11 terrorist attack and 2001 anthrax crisis.

Dr. DeVito received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also earned his Master’s degree and Bachelor of Science. He holds an Institute for Educational Management certificate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Additionally, Dr. DeVito is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society. He has served on numerous professional organizations and advisory boards, including the Greater Philadelphia University Consortium for Emergency Preparedness, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense through the University of Minnesota, and the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council of the United States Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia.

I wish to extend my profound gratitude to the Provost Search Committee for their extensive efforts to deliver exceptional candidates who were well-qualified to advance our University and its Mission.


Christine M. Wiseman, J.D.