M.L. "Cissy" Petty, Ph.D

Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost

Dr. M.L. Cissy Petty Vice President for Student Affairs Loyola University
Office Location
205 Danna Student Center
Mailing Address
Loyola University New Orleans
Office of Student Affairs
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 13
New Orleans, LA 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 865-3030
Fax Number
(504) 865-3025
E-mail Address


Ph.D., Florida State University; M.S., Florida State University; B.S., Florida State University

Short Bio

Dr. M.L. “Cissy” Petty began her tenure as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost of Loyola University New Orleans on July 1, 2006.  Vice President Petty’s professional career showcases her dedication to students and commitment to her community. During this time she served as the elected President of the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators, a leader in the Catholic higher education community providing student affairs professional development, programs, conferences, and research resources to foster collegiality among the 28 Jesuit American universities.

Prior to leading Loyola’s student affairs division, Dr. Petty served as the Vice President of Co-Curricular Education and Dean of Students at St. Lawrence University (NY), Post-Doctoral Fellow as the Distinguished Counseling Scholar in Residence at University of North Carolina –Greensboro, Dean of Student Development at Mississippi University for Women, Director of Student Development at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and the Director of Student Activities at Florida Institute of Technology. 

Dr. Petty has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level in courses ranging from leadership development to counseling and serves on numerous university committees.  She publishes in areas of professional leadership, coaching and development.  She serves in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and The Florida State University on a number of leadership boards. Her presentations are numerous at the national level regarding higher education administration and talent identification and development.  Dr. Petty also consults for a variety of non-profit leaders in education, business and hospital administration. 

The Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) awarded her the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Service, spring, 2013. The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) recognized Dr. Petty as a Pillar of the Profession, spring, 2014. JASPA again recognized her with the Reverend Victor R. Yanitelli Award, the JASPA’s highest recognition for servant leadership, spring, 2016. 

Dr. Petty’s current community engagements include serving with the ARC of Greater New Orleans, Rebuilding Together and the St. Bernard Project. Previously, Cissy has been engaged in Rotary International and has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, United Way, American Heart Association and Big Brothers and Sisters.