Jim Snodgrass joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Xavier as an assistant professor in Fall 1989. His mathematical area of expertise is universal algebra and lattice theory, but he has taught a wide variety of courses over the last 30+ years. Jim became department chair in 1999 and served in that role until 2006 when he accepted an appointment as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. His primary responsibility in the dean’s office was the academic progress of all Arts and Sciences students at Xavier.

After 11 years as associate dean, Jim returned briefly to the (now) Department of Mathematics. In short order, however, he was asked to contribute his talents from a long history of service to academic advising, admissions and financial aid to Xavier’s renewed focus on student retention. In July 2019, Jim was named Dean of Retention at Xavier.