I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Canney, a St. Thomas alumna and a former University of Minnesota associate vice president, as the new vice president for student affairs at St. Thomas.

Jane will begin her position on March 8. She will succeed Mary Ann Ryan, who was appointed interim vice president in August when Gregory Roberts left St. Thomas to become president of the American College Personnel Association in Washington. Mary Ann will return to her position as executive director of campus life.

Jane will bring to St. Thomas extensive experience in higher education and in managing and working in complex organizations, including 14 years in student affairs at the University of Minnesota.

She was a manager at the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board from 1982 to 1984, when she began work as an organizational survey consultant for Control Data Business Advisors (now known as Ceridian).

Jane Canney

In 1987, she became assistant to the vice president for student affairs at the University of Minnesota. She was promoted six years later to associate vice president for student development and athletics. Among her responsibilities and achievements over the next eight years were leading the division’s strategic planning process; helping establish a leadership minor focused on multiculturalism and social justice; creating a first-year experience program involving all six entry-level colleges; and managing the student communications and publications area.

Jane left the university in 2001 to work as an organizational consultant before becoming vice president of human resources and marketing in 2002 for Dakota Communities. The Eagan-based nonprofit organization provides services for people with disabilities throughout the Twin Cities area.

Her true love, however, is working with students in a campus setting, and she found the student affairs vice presidency at St. Thomas an irresistible opportunity. I believe she is an excellent fit for the position, given her background, experience and enthusiasm.

Jane is quite familiar with St. Thomas. She has a master of arts in education from St. Thomas and has taught as an adjunct faculty member in our School of Education. She has two degrees from the University of Minnesota: a bachelor of arts in child psychology and a master of arts in industrial relations.

I want to thank Mary Ann Ryan for the splendid job she has done over the last six months as interim vice president. St. Thomas could not have been better served over this time of transition during the fall semester and January Term. Mary Ann looks forward to returning to her work in overseeing our Campus Life area, and I know she will be an invaluable resource to Jane and all of us in the years ahead.

I also want to thank the search committee for its work in choosing and interviewing the extremely well-qualified finalists for the position. Dr. Sam Levy, vice president for Information Resources and Technology, and Karen Lange, Dean of Student Life, ably led the committee. Its members also included Bernie Brady, Denise Dieffenbach, Steve Hoeppner, Nancy McGrath, Bill Raffield, Ty Stenzel, Jackie Willauer, Miriam Williams and Nicole Zwieg. I am quite sure we would not have had a successful conclusion to this search without their skillful work.

Please join me in welcoming Jane to campus next month!