Saint Mary's College Hires Director of Student Success


Saint Mary's College Hires Director of Student Success 

To reach Diane Fox, Director of Student Success, call (574) 284-4463 or email her at

Media contact:
Gwen O’Brien
Director of Media Relations
Saint Mary’s College
(574) 284-4579

July 17, 2009 (Notre Dame, Ind.)— Saint Mary's College is pleased to announce that Diane M. Fox has joined the College as director of student success. Fox comes to Saint Mary's with 29 years of experience working with students on the college and high school levels. In addition to leading the Office for Student Success, Fox will teach a first-year course called “Strategies for Academic Success.”

Fox, who began at Saint Mary's on June 1, worked at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Ind. from 2002-2009 as an academic advisor and assistant professor of English. She served as the director of advising at Holy Cross College for five years (2003 – 2007) and as the director of the school’s College Success Program (2006 – 2007). Previously she worked at Saint Joseph's High School in South Bend, Ind. (1980-2002) in various capacities, including teaching English and serving as the communications coordinator.

“It shouldn’t surprise me that we did a national search for our new director and we found her right next door to Saint Mary’s College," said Dr. Patricia Fleming, senior vice president and dean of faculty. "Diane really understands the quality Holy Cross educational experience we provide and will only enhance our students’ lives with the resources and talents she offers. She will partner with our students in the discovery of how best to study to achieve the learning needed to make a difference in the world.”

The Office for Student Success is a program designed to support first year students in their attainment of academic success during the critical first semester of adjustment to collegiate life. The program, which falls under the Division of Academic Affairs, focuses on empowerment and motivation as well as the development of skills and strategies necessary for academic success. The Office for Student Success is available to assist students on an individual basis or by professor referral. In addition, the office will offer all students a lunchtime lecture series this fall that will address:

  • Time management and goal-setting
  • The learning process and how to combat forgetting
  • Reading, listening and note-taking strategies
  • Battling concentration, stress, and procrastination issues
  • Testing strategies.

Fox emphasizes the importance of establishing a solid foundation during the ever-important first semester of college. “As important as reading, writing, and math skills are, strategies for time management, studying, and goal setting are more so.  The old saying, ‘with freedom comes responsibility’ is the theme for the first year student.  How this newfound freedom is handled may very well determine the success of their collegiate career,” she said.

The Office for Student Success is located in the new Academic Resource Center in the renovated Madeleva Hall. The first day of classes at Saint Mary's College is Monday, August 24.

About Saint Mary’s College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, women’s institution offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 30 major areas of study. The College has six nationally accredited academic programs: social work, art, music, teacher education, chemistry and nursing. Saint Mary's College ranks among the nation's top liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report's 2009 annual survey. Founded in 1844, Saint Mary’s is a pioneer in the education of women, and is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.