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Meet Our President

President Edward Dadez, Ph.D

With the challenges in our world today, Saint Leo University President Edward Dadez is a courageous leader guided by the university's six core values. Inspired by data and research trends, he envisions a bright and unconventional future for higher education. Here you can find the latest articles and news stories featuring the 11th president of Florida's oldest Catholic university.


President Dr. Ed Dadez

As a Saint Leo University alumnus and longtime leader of the university, Dr. 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 programs, 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,” said Dadez. “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 Ohio State University, University of Dayton (Ohio), Michigan State University, Bucknell University (PA), and Chowan University (NC).

He is also 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 conferences.

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


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