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

M.L. “Cissy” Petty is Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost of Academic Affairs at Loyola University New Orleans. Dr. Petty provides leadership for the development of programs and services that enhance both the curricular and co-curricular student experience. The Office of Student Affairs includes the areas of Residence Life, Dining Services, Co-Curricular Programming, including Leadership Training, Judicial Affairs and Orientation, Bookstore, Career Services, Health Services, Counseling Services, Intercollegiate Athletics and Wellness; collaboration with the First Year Experience and Student Success initiatives.

Prior to joining Loyola University New Orleans in 2006, Dr. Petty was the Vice President and Dean of Students for Co-Curricular Education and Programming, and held an Assistant Professorship in Counseling Education at St. Lawrence University; Upsilon Nu Chi Distinguished Scholar in Counseling (Post-doctoral fellow), the University of North Carolina-Greensboro; Dean for Student Development, Mississippi University for Women; Director for Student Development, the University of North Carolina Asheville.

She writes and publishes in areas of professional leadership coaching and development. She currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Professional Counseling, and is a book reviewer for the Association of Leadership Coaching in England. She is serving a six-year term for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Books and Media Board as well as serving the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as a member of the Melvene D, Hardee Dissertation of the Year committee. Her presentations are numerous at the national level regarding higher education administration and student development program implementation. She consults for a variety of non-profit leaders in education, business and hospital administration.

Dr. Petty’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are from The Florida State University. Cissy was selected for a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship as the Distinguished Scholar in Counseling at the University of North Carolina Greensboro; selected for Harvard’s senior institutional management program; and completed her leadership coaching certificate work at Georgetown University. In the Spring of 2010, she completed a two year on-line schedule of classes with St. Thomas University in Miami culminating with a certificate in spiritual studies.

Cissy was recently elected President of the Jesuit Association of Student Affairs Professionals (JASPA/AJCU) and will continue in that role through Spring, 2014.