Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is a private, non-profit, Roman Catholic liberal arts university established in 1889/ 1959 and located in Saint Leo, Florida, 35 miles north of Tampa.
Saint Leo was founded as the first Catholic college in Florida, chartered on June 4, 1889 by a group of Benedictine monks from Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.The University opened its doors on September 14, 1890 with an enrollment of 32 students. Saint Leo ended racial segregation on their campus in 1889, before it was legal to do so in Florida, and totally integrated their campus in the Deep South. In 1880 (?), the College was temporarily phased out to become an English-style prep school. Saint Leo opened again as a college in 1959, receiving assistance from the Benedictine sisters at Holy Name Monastery, its neighboring community. Operating first on the associate's level, the College moved quickly to a four-year program and conferred its first bachelor's degree on April 23, 1967, on 51 men and 13 women. The college was accredited by the Southern Educational Association on November 29, 1987. In 1973, the College responded to requests from the armed services to offer degree programs on military bases at home and abroad. Today Saint Leo University is one of the largest providers of higher education to military-related personnel in the United States. Continuing in the tradition of distance learning, the Saint Leo University Center for Online Learning was established in 1999, as one of the first online schools in the country. Growth continues rapidly at St. Leo, and on August 24, 1999, Saint Leo was upgraded from "college" to "university" status. Several new centers have been established nationwide in recent years. In July 2011, the University opened its Channelside Tampa Education Center, a facility which houses five classrooms. Classes are offered at night and on evenings for continuing education students. There is also a student support center for students attending classes online. Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. has been the president of the University since January 1997. Center for Online Learning The Center for Online Learning, established in 1998, offers classes for non-traditional students to complete their associate's, bachelor's or master's programs online. The site is geared toward adult learners and military personnel. In 2011, the University launched its new public-facing website for online learners, who remain the largest segment of Saint Leo's student population.
In support of the Saint Leo University mission statement and Core Values, the mission of the Division of Student Services is to assist, nurture, and support students and their peer communities by means of planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating intentional and purposeful programs/services that facilitate student learning.
Saint Leo University has produced thousands of alumni over the years. Perhaps the most notable alumni of Saint Leo University are Anastasio Somoza Debayle the former President of Nicaragua, his brother Luis (also a Nicaraguan President), Charles Henri Baker a Haitian industrialist and presidential candidate, musicians Stephen Stills and Desi Arnaz, the former General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays J. P. Ricciardi, the Academy Award -Winning actor Lee Marvin, and Major League Baseball player Bob Tewksbury. Major League Baseball Alumni Saint Leo University has a long history of athletic achievement. The following is a list of Saint Leo University alumni who played Major League Baseball: Player Name Dates Played Debut / Box Frank "Red" Barrett 1929ï¿½1932 10-01-1939 Fred Cambria 1967ï¿½1969 08-26-1970 Frank DiPino 1975ï¿½1977 09-14-1981 Brian Dayett 1975ï¿½1978 09-11-1983 Bob Tewksbury 1980ï¿½1981 04-11-1986 Jim Corsi 1980ï¿½1982 06-28-1988