Jesuit Student Success Network

The Jesuit Student Success Network was officially recognized as an AJCU Network in January 2023. As institutions increase their focus on student success and retention by establishing and growing offices and staff in this area, this Network was formed to gather AJCU colleagues who work in student success and retention with the purpose of sharing strategies and best practices from their institutions. The Network includes professionals who play a role in supporting the success, retention, and persistence of students including the monitoring of retention and graduation rate metrics.

The Network meets virtually in many capacities. The Senior Student Success Officers meet every other month to discuss student success and retention topics and best practices. The Network Executive Team meets monthly as the leadership group to plan engaging opportunities for the membership including monthly network-wide Zoom meet-ups on various topics. Members stay in contact throughout the year through an active AJCU listserv. You may join the listserv by writing to AJCU’s Vice President of Communications, Deanna Howes Spiro:

The Network Executive Team provides leadership for professional development and engagement opportunities for the Jesuit Student Success Network.


Chair: Dr. Mark Harrington, Canisius University

*Vice Chair: Michael Puma, Loyola University Maryland

Treasurer: Dr. Wayne Young, Creighton University

Conference and Membership Director: Dr. Mary Ann Tietjen, Creighton University

Engagement Director: Kevin Collymore, University of San Francisco

*The vice chair position is reserved for a current Senior Student Success Officer (SSSOs) to ensure communication between the Network Executive Team and the SSSOs.

Upcoming Meetings

Annual Network-Wide Conference
Dates: July 24-25, 2024
Location: Virtual

Senior Student Success Officer Meeting
Dates: January 2025
Location: TBD

Past Meetings

Annual Conference
2023: Rockhurst University

Senior Student Success Officers Meeting
2024: Loyola University Chicago