Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost
Ph.D., Florida State University; M.S., Florida State University; B.S., Florida State University
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 professionals 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), 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 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 the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the Jesuit Association for Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) and The Florida State University on a number of leadership boards. Her presentations are numerous at the national level regarding higher education administration and student development program implementation. Dr. Petty also consults for a variety of non-profit leaders in education, business and hospital administration.
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 served on the boards of the American Red Cross, United Way, American Heart Association and Big Brothers and Sisters.